Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is a “positive influence” who “brings everyone together” at the club, says team-mate Juan Mata.
There has been speculation about Pogba’s Old Trafford future after he spoke of finding “a new challenge” in June, while his agent has said the France international wants to leave.
But pre-season has been going well for the squad, said Spaniard Mata.
“He’s a fantastic midfielder and he’s a very good guy,” the 31-year-old added.
“I think he’s happy.”
Earlier in July, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also said Pogba has “never been a problem” and claimed there is an “agenda” against the player.
Mata wants 26-year-old Pogba’s future to include helping the club to start lifting “big trophies” under Solskjaer, after two seasons without winning anything.
“Obviously as a team-mate, and as a friend also, I would like him to stay and to be happy because he is a very good player for us,” the 31-year-old Spain international, who signed a two-year contract in June.
“We know we have to do better than last season. This club has won more trophies than any other club in England.”
United have not won the Premier League since 2013, the year Sir Alex Ferguson retired, and their last major trophy was the Europa League in May 2017 under Jose Mourinho – three months after winning the Carabao Cup.
Solskjaer is Mata’s fifth manager at Old Trafford – an amazing statistic given the club prided itself on stability under Ferguson, who was a manager for 26 and a half years.
David Moyes was in charge when the midfielder joined United from Chelsea for a then club-record £37.1m in January 2014 and he has since served under Ryan Giggs, Louis van Gaal, Mourinho and Solskjaer.