Olsen: If Pogba wants to leave Man Utd, he should go

Former Manchester United midfielder Jesper Olsen says the club should allow Paul Pogba to leave if he wants a new challenge.

Paul Pogba has already left Manchester United once in his career, joining Juventus a few seasons ago.   -  Getty Images

Paul Pogba should leave Manchester United if he no longer wants to play for the club, says former Red Devils midfielder Jesper Olsen.

Pogba has been linked with a move to Real Madrid at the end of the season and the France midfielder said Los Blancos are "a dream club for every player".

Joining Madrid would enable Pogba to link up with compatriot Zinedine Zidane, who is reportedly being given a large transfer budget to revamp his squad.

Pogba's future at Old Trafford was increasingly uncertain under Jose Mourinho but since the Portuguese left in December he has thrived under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Fresh rumours he could move on have surfaced though, with Pogba having already left United once in his career, joining Juventus having failed to break through into the first team under Alex Ferguson.

"I think in the old days Ferguson was the same," Olsen said. "If you don't want to play for the club then don't stay! And I think that's the case too with Pogba.

"Of course you would continue without him but it would be great to see him stay as well, because he is an important part of the team."

Like Pogba, Christian Eriksen has been linked with joining Madrid at the end of the campaign, when his contract at Tottenham will only have a year left to run.

Eriksen made his 200th Premier League appearance in Spurs' 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Wednesday, which was their first game in their new home, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Former Denmark international Olsen feels Eriksen may be ready to test himself in a new league, with the 27-year-old in the peak years of his career.

"He is important, of course, he's a very unselfish player too," Olsen added of his compatriot, who has also been linked with La Liga leader Barcelona.

"He has lots of qualities, sometimes he could do even more than what he does because he's that unselfish player that you don't always notice as much, but he's a huge link in the Tottenham side. Great quality, no doubt about it.

"It [moving to La Liga with Madrid or Barca] would be a big challenge for him for sure. He's been in England for quite a while. Ajax and then to the UK, us Danes we like to try different places and experience different things, so I think that would be a great experience for him as well."