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Manchester United rejected chance to extend €60m star’s contract

Paul Pogba’s future at Manchester United remains up in the air and with less than one year remaining on his current deal at the club, the contract he signed in 2016, speculation is at an all-time high.

The 28-year-old started the season in fine form but his presence has wained over the last month, with Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival seemingly stealing his thunder.

Despite his contract unwinding at an uncomfortable pace for Manchester United, he is valued at a whopping €60m by Transfermarkt. Pogba is free to speak with foreign clubs over a pre-agreement in January, with an eye to completing a free transfer next summer.

The state of play could, however, have been very different. According to the Daily Mail, Pogba sought out talks with United in 2019 in a bid to secure a long-term contract but was rejected by Manchester United.

As per the report, Pogba was being courted by some of Europe’s biggest clubs but decided to ignore the interest and make agreeing to fresh terms at Old Trafford his priority.

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The plea by Pogba was rejected by the United hierarchy and they instead decided to trigger a one-year extension to the deal one year later.

SN’s verdict on Pogba’s contract stand-off…
Following the developments of this season, Manchester United will feel vindicated in their decision to not reward Pogba with a bumper contract. They would have risked being tied to Pogba for the rest of his career and the Frenchman has never reassured supporters he has what it takes to lead this team.

On the evidence of this campaign alone, Manchester United look a far better team when he’s not playing and despite the criticism on Scott McTominay and Fred, the pair offers balance to a side in desparate need of it.

Pogba offers the opposite. United look lost when the France international is playing and although the latest report in a long saga will be surprising to many supporters, the club made the right decision to not cave in.

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4 responses to “Manchester United rejected chance to extend €60m star’s contract”

  1. Matt says:

    Was there any doubt about the Boy George tribute act leaving the club on a free ? The guys a egotistical twat and the sooner he goes the better off we will be

  2. Ned says:

    Sell him in January, please.

  3. Jimmy says:

    Just let him go, he is not worth the amount. There are better midfielder out there that can perform the job Farah better than him.

  4. Muenda says:

    Manchester United is dead and it’s crazy how the team got the nerve to blame it on him like he out there on the pitch alone. . Grow up Manchester United, grow up and understand that your time at the top is over, desperate times called for desperate measure (Ronaldo). . You don’t deserve Pogba, at least he got some to his name, a world cup!