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Manchester United and Le Havre end Paul Pogba dispute

Paul Pogba
Pogba is a former captain of France's U16 team

Manchester United have reached an agreement with French second division side Le Havre over the disputed ownership of midfielder Paul Pogba.

Le Havre claimed United had illegally poached the 17-year-old from their academy last August but world governing body Fifa ruled in United's favour.

Pogba, who was born on the outskirts of Paris, officially joined United in October 2009.

Manchester United said the terms of the deal would "remain confidential".

Pogba made his debut for United's Under-18 side a few days after joining the club in a 2-1 loss against Crewe Alexandra.

The Ligue 2 side said in a statement that both sides were "satisfied to have reached an agreement regarding Paul Pogba's integration to the Manchester United squad".

No details of the agreement have been released by either club.

The case is not the first involving an English and French club arguing over the ownership of a promising young talent.

Chelsea had a drawn-out row with Lens over who owned Gael Kakuta.

The Londoners were handed a two-year transfer ban by Fifa, which was lifted after the clubs reached an agreement.



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see also
Man Utd in clear over Pogba deal
07 Oct 09 |  Man Utd
Man Utd threaten to sue Le Havre
08 Sep 09 |  Man Utd
Man Utd deny 'stealing' youngster
01 Aug 09 |  Man Utd
Transfer embargo hope for Chelsea
05 Sep 09 |  Chelsea
Chelsea angered by signings ban
04 Sep 09 |  Chelsea


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