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