Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stated that he has spoken with Paul Pogba about his future at Manchester United.
Pogba’s contract at Old Trafford expires in one year, and speculation about a possible exit next summer abounds. Real Madrid has long been a fan, and Paris Saint-Germain is also reported to be interested. Former club Juventus had previously been linked with a transfer.
However, with United making numerous intriguing additions this summer, Pogba’s future at the club cannot be ruled out beyond the conclusion of next season. While addressing to the media before of his team’s friendly against Everton on Saturday, Solskjaer provided an update on the midfielder’s future.
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— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) August 5, 2021
“I hope every player thinks this is the place to be to win trophies. When you sign for Manchester United, you have to rise to the challenge. Paul has come back and he’s fresh and he’s always such a positive boy. The talks I’ve had with him have all been positive,” he said, as quoted by the Daily Star (via the Express).
Pogba was a key player for Manchester United last season, making 42 appearances across all competitions and helping the club finish second in the Premier League and reach the Europa League final, where they were defeated on penalties by Villarreal.
That setback extended the club’s trophy drought, but there is genuine hope that it will end this season. So far in the summer window, United has signed long-term goal Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund and Raphael Varane from Real Madrid.
Their Premier League season begins on Saturday, August 14th, when they play old rivals Leeds United at Old Trafford. Varane and Sancho will not play, while the availability of Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire, and Fred is also in doubt. The quintet has just recently returned to training after competing in international competitions during the summer.