Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, has admitted he is happy that Neymar has taken over his title as the costliest player in football history.
Neymar’s £200million move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain this month, dwarfed Pogba’s £89m switch from Juventus to Manchester United last year.
Before Neymar’s move to PSG, United boss Jose Mourinho revealed he wanted a new world record fee would be paid this summer, to take the pressure off Pogba and allow him to play without being weighed down by his price-tag.
Speaking at Old Trafford 48 hours after their 4-0 rout of West Ham to begin their Premier League campaign, Pogba admitted there is no longer the same focus on how much he cost.
“Your first question now was about football.
“But last season it was about the price — so you can see the difference,” he said.
The France midfielder also says the signing of Nemanja Matic, has given him more freedom on the pitch.
“Against West Ham, Matic was starting behind and I could worry more about attacking.
“I feel good playing that way, but it depends on what the manager wants.
“Matic was a key player and Romelu Lukaku scored two goals, so it’s what we wanted and what we expect. It was an excellent start to the season. We’ve started well but have to carry on like this.”