'Too heavy ' - Pogba's brother turned down by German third-tier club

By AFP: Wednesday, August 15th 2018 at 22:57 GMT +3 | Football

Mathias Pogba, the brother of France’s World Cup winner Paul Pogba, has been turned down by third division German minnows Uerdingen -- because the Guinea international midfielder is too heavy.

“He’s been and gone. Mathias couldn’t help the team, he is currently not in good physical shape,” Uerdingen coach Stefan Kraemer told German daily Bild.

“Mathias has a good build for a ‘Nine’ (attacking midfielder) and is tall, but he is carrying too many kilos.”

Uerdingen, a former Bundesliga club, earned promotion to the third division in May and won three of their four games this season, but turned down the chance to have a ‘Pogba’ in their squad.

Mathias, the 27-year-old brother of Manchester United star Paul, is currently out of contract having picked up an injury after spending the 2016-17 season at Dutch side Sparta Rotterdam.

He failed to win a contract after a trial with Uerdingen, who already have a World Cup winner on their books — defender Kevin Grosskreutz, who was part of Germany’s Brazil 2014-winning squad.One of three brothers brought up in Paris, Mathias Pogba made the first of his five international appearances for Guinea in 2013.

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