Manchester United are believed to be close to finally ending the speculation surrounding Paul Pogba by agreeing a new long-term contract extension with the Frenchman.
Pogba was keen to leave last summer – even admitting so publicly – while Real Madrid were interested in buying. However, United held firm and refused to sell as they felt they could eventually convince the World Cup winner that remaining at Old Trafford would be best for him in the long run.
Pogba is making up for lost time this season
It took a while to do, with United struggling for the first half of the season and Pogba sitting on the sidelines through injury, but the Red Devils’ fortunes have now been reversed. The club are well in the race for Champions League football next season, while they remain in the hunt for the FA Cup and Europa League.
There is now a positivity which hasn’t been felt for a while at United, and according to The Sun, Pogba wants to keep the good times rolling and he is ready to put pen to paper on a new five-year contract in Manchester.
In fact, talks are so advanced that United are expected to announce the deal at the end of the season, suggesting it’s just a question of dotting some i’s and crossing some t’s. That is, again, according to this report.
Pogba has still been linked with a move away this summer, with Real Madrid and Juventus both rumoured to be keen on landing the midfielder, but neither move has ever really seemed like happening and United have always played hardball.
It looks like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s determination may have paid off, and Pogba’s partnership with January signing Bruno Fernandes looks set to continue for the foreseeable future.
Solskjaer recently admitted (via Sky Sports) that Pogba’s performances have made dropping him impossible, although the Frenchman could still be rested to ensure he doesn’t burn himself out before the end of the season.
‘I’ve been speaking more every day with Paul and of course he knows that he won’t be dropped. When Pogba plays like this he would not be dropped from any team in the world,’ Solskjaer said.
‘But he has been out for a very long time and there was a question mark before the last game against Southampton. He felt ready to play and that was great. Now, let’s see how he’s feeling today and tomorrow.
‘He has contributed so much to this team since the restart.’
Manchester United are likely to reach a contract extension agreement for Paul Pogba before the end of the season.
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