Mino Raiola has been speaking to the media and his comments have again cast doubt over the future of Paul Pogba at Manchester United.
Recent reports had stated that after a good result against Newcastle United, Pogba was more open to signing a contract extension with United. Pogba has one year left on his contract with it set to expire at the end of the season.
But Raiola has again sparked new doubt in whether the Frenchman will remain at the club long term.
He said in an interview with Rai Sport; “Paul Pogba is out of contract in June, so we’ll talk with Man Utd and we’ll see what happens. Juventus? Paul still loves Turin. There’s a chance that Pogba will return to Juventus, yes - but it also depends on Juventus plans.”
Pogba has been in great form and a vital part of United’s good form in the league so far this season, registering seven assists in just four games, making him undroppable by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Pogba is key to United’s creativity going forward and when he is on form, United are at their best. But the uncertainty over his contract means that United cannot plan for the future with him and have to spend time planning for a future without him.
When Solskjaer is trying to create a long-term project at United and a title-winning team, he does not want players who are not fully committed to the plan.
All of his signings so far as the manager have been sold on his project. Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo have all been signed to help United win silverware and all seem fully committed to the club.
And with the team they have assembled, United’s priority next window should have been a defensive midfielder, but if Pogba was to leave, it is likely that the club would have to spend big to replace the player.
And it seems if Pogba is to leave it will be on a free, so United will not have any funds from the deal to spend on a replacement.
Furthermore, I don’t think that there is any player that United can reasonably sign to really replace Pogba. On his day, Pogba is one of the best midfielders in the world creatively and in the Premier League, only Kevin De Bruyne really compares.
And worldwide there is only a handful more, so it is unlikely that United will be able to easily replace him without spending a large amount of money.
Youri Tielemans has been linked with a move to United among other clubs, but while he is a great player, I do not think that he is an ample replacement for Pogba and does not have his ability to circumvent an entire defence with one pass.
Overall I believe it would be a great shame if Pogba was to leave. He was signed by Jose Mourinho to win trophies, but due to the club having to go through a rebuild he has never really had a chance to make a continued impact at the club.
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But with the team, Solskjaer has assembled this may be the best chance that Pogba has to win a title with United and I hope that if results continue to be positive for United, he will commit his future to the club long term and be a central part of the team’s midfield for years to come.
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