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Jun 17, 2019, 8:36:00 AM

Pogba signals potential move

Speculation continues to grow over the future of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba following a disappointing season for the club, and now Pogba himself has fuelled the transfer talk.

The 26-year-old, who played a starring role in France’s World Cup victory in 2018, has been repeatedly linked in the sports press with a move to Spanish side Real Madrid, and sports betting companies rate Real as the likeliest destination if Pogba does leave Old Trafford, though Italian champions Juventus, his former club, have also been mentioned as a possibility.

Pogba, who has attracted both praise and criticism during his time at United, was selected in the PFA Team of the Year for the 2018-19 season and has a contract with the club that runs until the summer of 2021. However, speaking to the media at the weekend, the French star admitted that he had been thinking about the possibility of taking on a fresh challenge:

“For me, I have been for three years in Manchester and have been doing great; some good moments and some bad moments, like everybody. Like everywhere else. After this season and everything that happened this season, with my season being my best season as well...I think for me it could be a good time to have a new challenge.”

Pogba originally came through the youth ranks at Old Trafford before he moved to Juventus, spending four years in Italy before returning to United in the summer of 2016 for what was then a world record transfer fee of £89.3m. During his time at the club, Pogba has been a regular under José Mourinho and new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær, and has contributed 24 goals in 89 league appearances, but he has been the subject of criticism at times for a perceived lack of effort.

However, despite Pogba’s comments over the weekend, United have said that they expect him to remain at the club for the 2019-20 season, echoing the comments of their manager, who said back in April that he fully expected the Frenchman to be a part of the team next season. Solskjær faces a major rebuilding of the United squad this summer after a season in which they finished sixth and failed to reach the final of any significant trophy. They also failed to win any of their last five Premier League games. 

Words: Josh Dixon

Images: PA