Following his admiration of Real Madrid, Manchester United has have triggered the one-year option on Paul Pogba‘s contract, extending the midfielder’s deal until 2022.
Pogba had during the international break said he is still dreaming of a move to Real Madrid, giving due respect to his current employers.
The latest move made by the Old Trafford club would tie the 27-year-old France World Cup winner to another season in the Red Devils’ shirt. If not, he would have been out of contract at the end of this season.
Since his return from injury, the Frenchman has been a mainstay in Man United’s team. He has so far started all three of United’s Premier League this term, including the 6-1 home thrashing by Tottenham.
Despite making the Real Madrid comments a few days ago, it appears United had decided to extend his current deal a few weeks ago before his comment.
United coughed out £89m in 2016 to resign Pogba from Juventus, which is a club record. His playing time last season was restricted to 22 games due to an ankle injury.
Smart move by United to tie Pogba down
Having been out of the team for some time due to questionable performance, Pogba finally returned into the starting eleven of Ole Gunnar Solksjaer towards the end of last season that saw the team seal the Champions League spot on the last day.
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Triggering the clause is a positive statement from the Red Devils that they are not willing to release the Frenchman, who is seen as a prized asset.
The question is that can this deter Real Madrid to come for him if they want? I don’t think so.
The Galacticos still have a plethora of midfield options in Luka Modric, Asensio, Valverde, Isco amongst others, who they believed are the personnel needed after loaning out Dani Ceballos to Arsenal again. That’s such a huge statement from them as well.
With just a year and ten months now left of Pogba’s deal, Madrid could wait for another season and see if the Frenchman is still in the top shape to play at the top level.
The Euro 2020 tournament which comes up next year will be another avenue to see the midfielder and make their decisions.
Expectedly, Man United will want to sit with Pogba to get at least another contract extension. The Old Trafford outfit might table another two to three years offer for the lad and an increased pay package is expected to follow.
But now that the transfer window is shut, let’s postpone this conversation to January and see what happens to the Frenchman between now and then.