Manchester United, Man City target no closer to new deal

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Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City have all been told in no uncertain terms this morning by Juventus that they expect Paul Pogba to sign a new contract next year.

Pogba has been consistently linked with a return to the Premier League, either at Old Trafford or with their traditional title rivals City or the Blues.

The French midfield powerhourse has thrived in Turin since swapping United for Serie A in 2012, a factor Juventus general director Giuseppe Marotta has cited in remaining confident Pogba will agree fresh terms after the winter break.

Marotta told Gazzetta dello Sport: "There are no new developments regarding Andrea Pirlo and Pogba's contract extensions. I don't think these deals will be completed before Christmas.

"However, we are calm. The two players consider Juve their natural habitat.

"Our squad is world-class, and it is difficult to find any other team better than ours."

Pogba is under contract at Juve until 2016, while veteran playmaker Pirlo's deal expires next summer.

United are rumoured to be monitoring the availability of both players as they look to freshen up their midfield options over the next six months, although they face stiff competition for Pogba's signature.

Alongside a trio of Premier League giants Pogba has also been mentioned in connection with both Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid, as Europe's top clubs covet the winner of the Uefa's Golden Boy award for the best player under 21 on the continent in 2013.

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