The Stoke City defender has revealed the extent of his friendship with the Manchester United talisman for the first time in an exclusive interview

“The other day, I went to his house and beat him at Uno,” Kurt Zouma recalled as he explained his friendship with Paul Pogba to Goal. “He was so, so, so angry. He didn’t want me to come anymore.

“He told me he didn’t want me to come anymore to his house. I said ‘my friend, please, it’s only Uno that we’re talking about.’”

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Kurt Zouma and Paul Pogba were once France’s wonderkid pairing. Both called up to the Under-18s team at the same time, Zouma was a year younger than Pogba when he headed to meet up with Les Bleus, and had already made his Saint Etienne debut. Pogba, meanwhile, was the jewel in Manchester United’s academy, prior to his switch to Juventus and eventual, triumphant, return to Old Trafford.

Their paths have remained linked throughout their career, and still live close to each other in England. Zouma has joined Stoke City on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea, and Pogba recently attended his friend’s birthday party as he turned 23.

And Zouma is not surprised that Pogba, with whom he won the Under-20 World Cup in 2013, has become one of the most valuable players on the planet – he was, prior to Neymar’s €222 million move to…

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