Paul Pogba, a midfielder for Manchester United, has been described as “open” to negotiating a new contract with the club after his current contract expires in the summer of 2022.
Since 2018, when he first seemed to be at odds with then-manager Jose Mourinho, and agent Mino Raiola allegedly offered the Frenchman to Manchester City, Pogba’s future at Old Trafford has been the subject of speculation and confusion.
Following a promising run of form during ‘Project Restart,’ Pogba looked as though he might sign a new United deal after briefly flirting with Real Madrid in the summer of 2019 and missing most of last season due to long-term injury, which only served to exacerbate the rumors of an exit.
However, a tough start to the 2020/21 season raised new doubts, and Raiola seemed to have reached a point of no return when he told an Italian newspaper that his time at United was over.
Pogba, on the other hand, seemed to blend in well with an improving United side after that, with the team looking capable of competing for major silverware with a few crucial additions.
There have been so many back and forths in this saga over the years, but journalist and author Andy Mitten said in a Q&A for the club’s Scandinavian supporters community that Pogba is ‘open’ to contract negotiations.
That would be a big change from Raiola’s comments in December, with the famously blunt agent also appearing to contradict himself when he said last month that he would no longer talk openly about Pogba’s future.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has previously confirmed that the club and Pogba are in a healthy ‘open discussion’ about the player’s future and contract situation.
Pogba has spoken of a ‘new adventure’ in 2019 and has declined to rule out the prospect of playing for Real Madrid at some stage in the future, but his latest public statements have usually suggested that remaining at United is more likely than a step away.