Paul Pogba’s contract extension update
Paul Pogba’s contract extension update has been the topic since this year in Manchester United. The Manchester United midfielder is into the final year of his contract and can leave Old Trafford for nothing in 2022 – he has so far resisted all attempts to tie him down with a new deal
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Paul Pogba will still be a Manchester United player when the transfer window closes.
Solskjaer is adamant that United are not trying to cash in on the 28-year-old contract rebel – even though the £89million Frenchman can walk away from Old Trafford for nothing for a second time when his current deal expires next year.
Pogba has resisted United’s attempts to persuade him to sign a new contract this summer.
But Solskjaer is adamant that the Reds will not try to claw back some cash before the August 31 deadline day.
And he believes Pogba will continue to be a key performer for him after opening the campaign with a stunning individual performance that saw him set up four goals in the 5-1 romp over Leeds.
Solskjaer said: “Yes, I expect Paul to be here when the first of September comes.
“If you’ve got a five-year contract or a one-year contract when you sign for Man United you have to rise to the challenge of performing on a consistent level.
“I’m not worried whatsoever that the length of any player’s contract is changing the level of their motivation and inspiration.
“You want to play well for your team, your teammates, yourself, your family, every time you play.
“What I expect is that the attitude and the approach to every game is the right one.
“That we have the same focus, the right focus, the right professionalism and.
“With that, I have no worries about Paul whatsoever.”
Pogba walked away from United to join Juventus in 2012 after falling out with Sir Alex Ferguson over a lack of first-team opportunities.
He returned to the club in a bank-busting deal four years later.
But United’s failure to launch a sustained challenge for either the Premier League title or the Champions League has seen the Frenchman flirt with both Real Madrid and Paris St Germain for much of the last five years.
He will have his pick of top clubs next year.
But Solskjaer has spent £120million on Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane and is now in charge of the strongest United squad since Ferguson’s retirement.
And Solskjaer believes Pogba can now achieve all his dreams at Old Trafford.
Solskjaer said: “As a footballer when you look around and you see good footballers next to you that puts another layer of responsibility on yourself and your own performances.
“You have to play well to be in the team, you have to play well to be successful in this team.
“Paul is enjoying his football and I’ve said many times, my job is to make sure we’re getting the best out of Paul and Bruno (Fernandes) and all the very good players we’ve got within a team structure.
“For me, to make players stay at Man United when you see a good squad and get good results that help.
“There was no better place to be when I was a player because we kept on winning.”