United hit back at Le Havre, claiming they did no wrong in signing of Pogba
03 August 2009 11:44
Manchester United have insisted they did nothing wrong in signing wonderkid Paul Pogba, despite the French club Le Havre claiming they acted 'lamentably' to bring the teenager to Old Trafford.
Jean-Pierre Louvel accused United of 'pillaging' Le Havre's youth system, while the club have issued an official statement expressing their anger at United's directors, and threatened to report the club to FIFA.
United have been accused of offering 'very large' sums to the player's parents as an inducement to break his trainee contract.
But United have insisted the signing was conducted entirely in accordance with FIFA and UEFA regulations, with a club spokesman calling Le Havre's claims 'nonsense'.
Meanwhile United are distancing themselves from reports that they are planning a £25m bid for Valencia winger David Silva, and a £40m bid for Spain star David Villa.
Manager Sir Alex Ferguson has previously said he is happy with the signings of Luis Antonio Valencia, Michael Owen and Gabriel Obertan this summer.
United will take on Valencia in a friendly on Wednesday night, as they prepare for next weekend's Community Shield clash with Chelsea.