- Paul Pogba has reportedly pledged to stay at Manchester United beyond the expiration of his contract next summer and is ‘making no secret of the fact’
- Reports in France say the midfielder is telling people close to him that he will stay
- Real Madrid, PSG and Juventus have all been linked with the World Cup winner
- When the deal expires, it will be available on free transfer next summer.
- United are reportedly eager to end talks on a new deal by Christmas
Amid interest in Real Madrid, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain’s French midfielder, Paul Pogba is ‘telling people close to him that he wants to extend his Manchester United contract’.
The 28-year-old’s current deal at Old Trafford expires next summer and there has been speculation about his next destination for some time.
However, reports from France suggest that Pogba has pledged to stay with United and is no longer making any secret of the fact.
Paul Pogba is ‘telling people close to him that he wants to stay at Manchester United beyond the expiration of his current contract at the end of this season’
Pogba has been roped in for the summer arrivals of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Rafael Varane and to stay on from his key roles at the side
Team Pogba wants a new, long-term deal that will unquestionably make him one of the highest paid players in the Premier League.
They say the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Varane and Jadon Sancho in the summer is a key factor in their decision to bolster Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.
Likewise, Pogba has started the season brilliantly and has been instrumental in the team, whether in the central midfield or on the left side of the attack.
He has recorded seven assists in nine matches so far, showing some of the best form of his second spell with United, which began with his return from Juventus in 2016.
Pogba scored four of United’s five goals against Leeds United in the opening weekend of the Premier League season and recorded further assists against Southampton and Newcastle.
The summer signing of Cristiano Ronaldo (left) is reportedly a big factor in Pogba’s decision
Pogba’s decision to stay will be a big boost for United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
It came as The Sun reported that United wanted Pogba’s new contract to be completed by Christmas and regular talks with his agent Mino Raiola.
The new contract terms could reportedly see Pogba earn up to £400,000 a week.
In January, Pogba will be eligible to talk to another club on a free transfer over the summer and United are desperate to avoid distractions during the second half of the season.
This will come as a blow to Pogba fans. Real Madrid have been linked with the 2018 World Cup winner for some time, but PSG are also interested in striker Kylian Mbappe and may be unable to afford both next year.
PSG were reportedly prepared to pay Pogba a salary of £510,000 a week if he comes free, while a second spell with Juventus has also been mooted.
But now it appears his future lies at United and he will need Pogba to make an inconsistent start to the season and a challenge for silverware Solskjaer is desperately needed.
Pogba has had a great start to the season with seven assists from nine matches so far
Pogba played only the final 20 minutes off the bench in a 1-1 draw at home to Everton last Saturday, which resulted in a 1-0 loss to Aston Villa.
United have also been far from confident in the Champions League, needing a goal from Ronaldo in the 95th minute to beat Villarreal to lose their group opener to the Young Boys.
They were also knocked out of the Carabao Cup by West Ham, falling at the first hurdle in the competition.
And things are not going to be easy, with a difficult game that will see him play Leicester, Atalanta (twice), Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City next month.