Manchester United confident of keeping Paul Pogba despite Juventus and Real Madrid interest



Manchester United believe Paul Pogba wants to stay at the club and are confident of tying him down to a new contract. The Frenchman will soon enter the final year of his contract at the Theatre of Dreams and his agent, Mino Raiola, had urged the club to cash in this summer by claiming Pogba was ‘unhappy’ at the club in December. United broke the world transfer record to re-sign Pogba in 2016 and conceded they’d have to sell the Frenchman this summer if he refused to sign a new contract. But Pogba’s performances since Raiola’s comments have been superb and the midfielder is playing his best football at the club since his return.

Solskjaer’s used Pogba from left midfield in recent months and the freedom the position has given the Frenchman has boosted his performance – and perhaps more importantly – his happiness levels.

Pogba told reporters that he was ‘happy’ at the club after a 6-2 win against Roma last Thursday and ESPN claim he’s keen to stay at Old Trafford next season and beyond. United now plan to sit down with his representatives at the end of the season to discuss a new deal and the club are confident that he will sign an extension. Pogba currently earns around £290,000-a-week at Old Trafford, making him the club’s second highest earner behind David De Gea. The Frenchman expects a payrise on his current deal, which could prove problematic given the club’s finances during the pandemic. But United believe they are in a strong position as few clubs in the world could afford Pogba’s wages, even if he leaves on a free transfer in 2022.

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