Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted that Paul Pogba will remain at the club for at least another two years.
Pogba admitted to the media while on international duty last week that it remains his ‘dream’ to play for Real Madrid at some point in the future.
It is not the first time that Pogba has spoken publicly about a future away from Old Trafford, revealing in 2019 that he could be tempted by a ‘new challenge’.
But while the fallout from his latest comments focused on Real Madrid and possibility of leaving, the player also expressed his ‘love’ for United and spoke about expecting contract talks to begin soon.
Pogba’s current United contract runs until the end of this season and includes an option for the club to trigger a 12-month extension that has not yet been used. That alone is what made reports earlier this week of a potential free transfer to Barcelona next year flawed from the start.
Although he didn’t discuss the possibility of a new deal for the 2018 World Cup winner, Solskjaer is adamant that Pogba will remain in Manchester for the duration of his existing contract.
“Paul is our player. He's going to be here for another two years and I'm sure Paul is focused on doing his best for us and we want to see the best of Paul,” Solskjaer explained at his weekly media briefing.
“I'm sure in the next couple of years we'll get the best out of him.”
Pogba has endured a difficult start to the season as part of a United side that looks devoid of the kind of energy and confidence that yielded a third place Premier League finish during ‘Project Restart’.
Pogba was one of many United players who were way off the pace during the 6-1 humiliation at the hands of Spurs before the international break, with his individual situation not helped when he tested positive for coronavirus during pre-season and was forced to miss crucial training sessions.