REPORT: Paul Pogba Contract Extension on the Table as Talks Open

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Paul Pogba of Manchester United looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on July 04, 2020 in Manchester, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Peter Powell/Pool via Getty Images)

Manchester United have opened discussions with Mino Raiola over the contract extension of Paul Pogba, as reported by Fabrizio Romano.

Pogba’s current deal expires in the summer of 2021, though there is an option to extend that by 12 months.

Manchester United won’t want to get to the point where they need to take that up.

Manchester United Open Contract Talks With Paul Pogba

Pogba to Stay?

Paul Pogba’s future may be set to take a back seat from the headlines.

Manchester United have opened discussions with his agent, Mino Raiola, and it looks like the World Cup winning midfielder is open to signing a new contract at Old Trafford.

Much has been made of the antics of Paul Pogba and his infamous agent Mino Raiola, as they looked to be seeking a move away. However all will be forgotten, in the short-term anyway, should an agreement be found.

It is said that nothing has been agreed yet, with Raiola and Pogba waiting for United’s opening proposal.

Pogba has long been linked with a major move to Real Madrid, practically since the day he returned. However, that move has never come to fruition, fortunately for his current club.

Having recently returned from injury and struck a partnership with Bruno Fernandes, all seems quite rosy in Manchester. It will be a great shame should that partnership not continue for years to come.

Pogba’s renewal would only add strength to the positive mood at the football club.

Solskjaer Wants to Keep Pogba

On Wednesday morning, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed he is keen to see Paul Pogba stay at the club.

“Of course we want to keep the best players around the club and hopefully we can do something,” Solskjaer told the press when asked about the situation.

Solskjaer talks about the squad he is looking to build for the future, mentioning the recent extensions of Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic.

“We want to build a squad for the future. We have secured one at the start and another who is really experienced. But we also need players in the mid-range group.”

On Pogba specifically, he said: “Since Paul has come back he’s looking better and better. He’s enjoying his football so let’s see where it takes us.”

Solskjaer on Penalty Duties

Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has also taken the time to confirm the identity of Manchester United’s penalty takers.

There had been some confusion recently, with Bruno Fernandes yet to miss from the spot for United, Marcus Rashford was ready to step-up against Tottenham Hotspur before VAR overruled Jonathan Moss’ decision to award the penalty.

Then, again, at the weekend, Rashford struck from the spot to give Manchester United a 2-1 lead over Bournemouth.

“It’s going to be a job they (Fernandes and Rashford) will share again,” Ole said. “It’s who feels confident there and then.”

“I’m very confident in both of them. No worries. They’ve got to make the decision out there and that’s just how we’ll leave it.”

So far so good for Manchester United’s new penalty policy.

 

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