Paul Pogba has dismissed rumours of a rift between France team-mates Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud.
Giroud came off the bench to score a double in France’s friendly win over Bulgaria on Wednesday, though he caused a stir in a post-match news conference when he seemed to suggest some irritation at strike partner Mbappe, who failed to pick out the Chelsea forward on several occasions.
During their time together on the pitch, there was only one pass between Giroud and Mbappe, with the former Arsenal man finding the Paris Saint-Germain star, who did not return the favour on any other occasion.
According to reports, a furious Mbappe wanted to hold a news conference to defend himself after hearing Giroud’s comments.
Pogba, however, scotched rumours of any discontent in the squad as France prepare for their Euro 2020 campaign.
“The only tensions are on the back, on the legs. The physiotherapists are there for that,” Pogba joked in a news conference.
“Frankly, I’m on the inside, there is nothing, there has always been a very good atmosphere with everyone. We will go directly to the subject – between Olivier and Kyky, there is nothing at all.
“I think that what was said may have been poorly conveyed. Kylian, his qualities, he can score and do a lot of assists, he does it, he plays for the team even though I always tell him that it would be good if he defended a little more!
“There is nothing, nothing has come out, I don’t feel any tension, nothing at all.”
The reports concerning Mbappe and Giroud were not the only rumours Pogba had to contend with.