Solskjaer says talks 'ongoing' over new Pogba deal
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Paul Pogba is reportedly telling his friends and those close to him that he wants to extend his contract with Manchester United. The World Cup winner’s future currently remains up in the air with his current deal due to expire at the end of the season.
The 28-year-old penned an initial five-year deal when returning to Old Trafford from Juventus in 2016 for a fee of £93.2million.
United also had the option to extend for a further year, a clause that was triggered by the club in October 2020.
While both parties remain relaxed about the situation, Pogba would be free to discuss his future with foreign clubs from January.
Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Juventus are among those who have been linked with the midfielder in recent times, but now Pogba looks increasingly likely to stay at United.
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French newspaper L’Equipe are reporting that Pogba has told those in his inner circle that he plans to extend his contract at United.
The midfielder now feels the Red Devils are capable of fighting for the biggest prizes in club football following Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival and is prepared to stay in a bid to achieve his ambition of winning the Premier League.
A contract extension seemed simply out of question last December when super-agent Mino Raiola claimed Pogba’s time at the club was up.
The Dutchman was at war with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over his client and made it clear he would look to manufacture a January exit – something that never materialised.
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While Pogba is yet to find the net this season, he did make history by becoming the first-ever player to assist seven goals in the opening three matches of a Premier League season.
His performances were a stark reminder of Pogba’s quality and what he can bring to this United side.
When quizzed on Pogba’s future last month, Solskjaer confessed that improvement on the field would boost United’s chances of keeping one of their most-prized assets.
“Yeah, well, it’s up to us now to get results and to prove to ourselves that we can win trophies,” Solskjaer said as he refused to talk about Pogba’s situation in further detail.
“I think everyone who signs for Manchester United wants to win trophies, wants to be a part of a winning Manchester United.
That’s the most magical feeling in the world to be part of a winning Man United team. I think everyone’s just focusing on doing their best and let’s see where we go.”
It’s understood Pogba’s entourage are determined to make him one of the highest-paid players in Premier League history, meaning United may have to hand him a hefty pay rise.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the top earner in the Premier League, pocketing a reported £510,000 while Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne is second with a £400,000-a-week salary. Pogba is currently the club’s fifth-highest earner with wages around £290,000 per week.
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