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Euro 2016: Paul Pogba better when not in headlines: Didier Deschamps

Paul Pogba  Lyon (France): Coach Didier Deschamps has called on for French midfielder Paul Pogba to concentrate for his country ahead of their Euro 2016 last-16 clash with Ireland today.

France midfielder Paul Pogba (left) and defender Lucas Digne chat during a training session in Lyon, France on Saturday. Pic/AFP
France midfielder Paul Pogba (left) and defender Lucas Digne chat during a training session in Lyon, France on Saturday. Pic/AFP

Deschamps said the 23-year-old who has been linked to big money moves is better when he is out of the headlines. "Paul had a difficult first match, he came one in the second and had a very good first half against Switzerland," Deschamps said. "He is ready and needed calm. There is a lot of talk about him but he is still quite young and needs to have tranquility and concentration," the coach added.

Coach Didier Deschamps
Didier Deschamps

Deschamps said Dimitri Payet deserves the star status for his performances. "I am very happy with what Dimitri has done because he is decisive," the coach said.  "He takes (the star status) well, he has had a lot of deserved praise but he got back to work at the start of the week to maintain this performance level."

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