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“We called him” – Paul Pogba offered football job after Man United legend’s advice



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Paul Pogba has been offered the chance to play in a Russian celebrity football league after his four-year drug ban was confirmed.

A four-year doping suspension has been imposed on Paul Pogba by Italy‘s national anti-doping organization (NADO Italia) after he tested positive for drugs. The former Manchester United midfielder has not played football since September.

He has been offered the chance to play for Broke Boys, a team from Russia’s celebrity-hosted league – The Media Football League, established in 2022, features teams comprised of celebrities ranging from actors to influencers.

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Artjom Chatjaturjan, the sporting director of Broke Boys, is determined to secure the services of the World Cup winner, confirming ongoing communication with Pogba.

“It may seem like a joke, but we called him,” he told Tuttosport (via MailOnline). “So far, he has politely refused. He is in a desperate moment and needs time to accept it. Pogba is one of the best footballers in the world (and) won’t be able to play for that long.”

Pogba recently received advice from former United defender and club legend Rio Ferdinand, who himself was once banned for eight months due to doping offences after he refused to take a drug test.

“If I had my time again now, and I was Paul Pogba now, and I’m innocent, I’m chatting. I’m well-placed to sit and chat about this because I’ve been through this,” Ferdinand explained.

“And I’ll sit here and say to myself: I’m not going to jump straight away and go ‘he’s guilty’ because I’ve been here in this position. And I know Paul.

“I’ve played with him, and I know him well enough after playing with him. And I need to hear from him. I think he’s got to look after himself here. And I didn’t take drugs. The paperwork, the small print, when they’d done the statement, when they’d given me the ban, said I didn’t take drugs.

“But you see the comments sometimes when I say something on some of the channels on my social media. Some people (say) you’re a drugs cheat. You’re a drugs cheat. I’ve never took drugs in my life. I don’t take drugs.”

Pogba released a statement immediately following the ban, stating that he will appeal the decision and believes he is totally innocent.