Pogba pre­pared to sign United ex­ten­sion as agent be­gins talks ‘with­out stress’

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Total Football - By Ja­son Burt and Mike McGrath

Paul Pogba is pre­pared to sign a new con­tract at Manch­ester United. Ini­tial talks have taken place with the mid­fielder’s agent, Mino Raiola, con­firm­ing that not only will his client stay at United dur­ing this trans­fer win­dow, but he is will­ing to ex­tend his ca­reer at the club.

“He’s at the cen­tre of a very im­por­tant tech­ni­cal pro­ject even if in re­cent years United have never wanted to open a ne­go­ti­a­tion,”

Raiola told Sky Sport Italia. Asked whether talks had now taken place, he added: “We are talk­ing very calmly, with­out stress.”

Pogba’s con­tract ef­fec­tively has two sea­sons to run with the club able to trig­ger a 12-month ex­ten­sion next June if, it is un­der­stood, he plays a cer­tain num­ber of games.

The Daily Tele­graph understand­s that last sum­mer Pogba be­lieved he had an in­for­mal agree­ment with United to al­low him to leave by the end of the cam­paign if an ac­cept­able of­fer was made. At that time the French­man spoke of it be­ing “time to have a new chal­lenge”. How­ever, the sit­u­a­tion has be­come com­pli­cated by the coro­n­avirus cri­sis which has hit the fi­nances of all clubs while Pogba also ap­pears to be en­joy­ing play­ing for United more since the ar­rival of Bruno Fer­nan­des.

Mean­while, Manch­ester City full-back Olek­sandr Zinchenko has re­vealed Pep Guardi­ola did not en­ter the dress­ing room or speak to the play­ers fol­low­ing the Cham­pi­ons League de­feat by Lyon.

Zinchenko, an un­used sub­sti­tute at Es­ta­dio Jose Al­valade, says the City play­ers were dev­as­tated by the 3-1 de­feat and did not need to be told how badly they had played.

“Guardi­ola didn’t even en­ter the locker room, and didn’t say a word af­ter the match,” Zinchenko said on the YouTube chan­nel of his fi­ancee Vlada Sedan, a sports re­porter. “What can you say if every­thing is clear any­way?”

About-turn: Paul Pogba had wanted to leave

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