STAYING PUT? Paul Pogba: Manchester United open talks with midfielder over new long-term contract

    Manchester United are understood to have opened talks over a new contract for Paul Pogba.

    The Frenchman publicly expressed his desire to leave Old Trafford in the summer, declaring himself ready for a new challenge.

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    But a transfer did not materialise, with United insistent Pogba was not for sale and Real Madrid failing with an attempt to prise him away.

    Now, according to The Times, United are hoping the 26-year-old will commit his long-term future to the club and have opened talks with his advisors regarding a new contract.
    Pogba, who returned to United from Juventus in 2016 in a £89million deal, still has two years left to run on his contract – with the club also retaining an option to extend it by another year.
    But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sees the World Cup winner as key to his plans and wants him tied down on a new long-term deal.

    According to The Times’ report, Pogba currently earns £140,000-a-week, while he also receieves an additional £6.5million in image rights and loyalty payments.
    He can expect a significant increase on that if he puts pen-to-paper on the new deal.
    United have endured a tough start to the season, winning only two of their opening six games of the Premier League season.
    But boss Solskjaer insists he is in the middle of a ‘rebuilding job’ and believes he can be the man to transform United back into title challengers.
    Solskjaer believes Pogba is happy at United and staying putG
    Speaking earlier this month, the United boss expressed his confidence that Pogba will stay at the club and help him turn things around.

    He said: “I am not worried now and I will never be worried in the future about Paul staying here. If it all kicks off again in January, there will be no worries then either. If we have to live with the speculation again, then we will handle it like we did in the summer.
    “Paul is going nowhere, he is working hard and is totally committed to Manchester United.
    “He is one of our big characters, someone who will walk out on to any pitch and be full of confidence. That’s what I look for in a United player. You need a big personality to play for this club.”

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