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MANCHESTER UNITED OPEN PAUL POGBA’S CONTRACT DISCUSSIONS

Paul Pogba is set to enter the final year of his Manchester United contract and will be able to negotiate with clubs outside the Premier League from January; Pogba says ‘no concrete proposal’ has yet been made;

Pogba is set to enter the final year of his deal and will be able to negotiate with clubs outside the Premier League from January before a possible free transfer in the summer of 2022.

However, speaking on Thursday ahead of France’s Euro 2020 opener against Germany, Pogba said there has been “no concrete proposal” from United yet.

Pogba said: “I have one year left in my contract and everybody knows it. I know that the club made no concrete proposal.”

“We finished the season with the Europa League and after that we had our holidays. I didn’t have the chance to speak with the manager (Ole Gunnar Solskjaer).

“I am still a Manchester United player, obviously, but the only thought I have about my future is the Euros. It’s about the Euros, it’s about focusing on the competition because I don’t want to hear people say ‘ah, he is not focused on the Euros because he’s thinking about his club, his future’.

“Now I am a bit more experienced than I was once and I focus on the present, and the present at the moment is the Euros.

“All things related to the club, when you have a competition like this, I try to avoid them. That’s why I have an agent and he is the one that takes care of all this.”

Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has fueled speculation over his future at Old Trafford on numerous occasions. Speaking at the end of last year, he said the midfielder was “unhappy” at the club and needed to change teams.

However, the 28-year-old later took to social media where he rubbished claims concerning any departure from United, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also hit out at Raiola for his provocative comments.

United triggered a 12-month extension clause in Pogba’s deal in January 2020, six months before his initial five-year contract was set to expire.

The France World Cup winner, who re-joined the club from Juventus for £89m in 2016, has scored 38 goals and registered 42 assists in 206 appearances.

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