Paul Pogba has revealed that he went into depression after his fallout with former boss Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.
Pogba was stripped of the vice-captaincy by Mourinho in September 2018 as their relationship turned sour, and he believes the situation led to mental health issues.
‘I’ve had depression in my career, but we don’t talk about it,’ Pogba said in an interview with Le Figaro while on international duty with France.
‘Personally, it started when I was with Jose Mourinho at United. You ask yourself questions, you wonder if you are at fault because you have never experienced these moments in your life.
‘All top athletes go through these moments but few talk about it. Inevitably, you will feel it (depression) in your body, in your head, and you may have a month, even a year, where you are not well. But you don’t have to say it. In any case publicly.
‘We earn a lot of money and we don’t complain really, but that doesn’t prevent us from going through moments that are more difficult than others, like everyone else in life.
The Frenchman also disclosed that his winners’ medal from the 2018 World Cup has been stolen, saying: ‘When I went home, I discovered that my home was robbed following the entry of three people who stole my safe. There was my mother’s jewellery in there and my World Cup medal.,”
‘What scared me the most is that my two children were at home with the nanny during the incident. She heard everything, called my wife and security, then locked herself in a room with the boys.
‘For several days after, she was in shock. The most important thing is that my children are doing fine.’