It’s fair to say the Paul Pogba transfer saga is dragging on a bit now.
A deal between Manchester United and Juventus is understood to be close - Spanish newspaper AS, somewhat optimistically, claim an official announcement could even be made today - but there’s still a danger it could collapse unless an agreement is reached soon.
United fans are nervous for that exact reason - and this latest video is unlikely to ease their concerns.
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Pogba is currently on the final leg of his summer holiday in the United States and was tracked down by two American Juventus fans in New York on Tuesday.
They asked the world-class central midfielder if he’s going to stay [at Juventus] and he responded with a quick: “Yes”.
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Video: Pogba tells Juventus fans he's staying
Pogba was in an awkward position
Of course, this isn’t an absolute guarantee that Pogba will remain with the Serie A champions beyond this summer.
The Frenchman would have been acutely aware of the huge implications had he answered with the word “No”.
And there was never any chance of Pogba revealing he’s on his way to Old Trafford with a deal not yet officially agreed.
To avoid disappointing the two lads outside his New York hotel - and, more importantly, to avoid prematurely announcing his future before it’s even been resolved - Pogba clearly felt the best way of handling the situation was to answer with what we presume is probably a little white lie.
Everyone still expects Pogba to join United
Most - if not all - of the UK’s leading bookmakers have suspended betting on the 23-year-old returning to the Red Devils, four years after leaving Old Trafford in search of regular first-team football.
Pogba, all going to plan, will become a Manchester United player and the most expensive footballer of all time, in the process.
Pogba would miss United's first games of the season
The Frenchman, who uploaded a video to Instagram of himself kickboxing last night, will not be available for United’s Community Shield match against Leicester City on Sunday - even if he signs today.
And it’s not expected he’ll be available for selection for the English giants’ Premier League opener against Bournemouth on August 14.
Pogba will need time to build up his fitness and adjust to the tactical demands of Jose Mourinho.
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