Paul Pogba 'is now leaning towards STAYING at Man United...' with the midfielder having serious second thoughts after Saturday's Ronaldo-inspired win against Newcastle at a delirious Old Trafford
▪Pogba has less than 12 MONTHS remaining on his #mufc deal
▪He laid on 2 assists as a Ronaldo-inspired side beat Newcastle
▪The Athletic claim Saturday's events have had a positive effect
Paul Pogba is now leaning towards staying at Manchester United, with talks over extending his current deal expected to take place in due course, according to reports.
The 28-year-old has less than 12 months remaining on his current deal and his refusal so far to extend that contract has led to fears at Old Trafford he could depart on a free transfer next summer.
The Athletic has learnt that Saturday had a significant bearing on Paul Pogba’s thinking over his future.
The 28-year-old France international produced the latest in a string of fine displays, laying on two goals in United’s 4-1 victory to take his tally of assists so far this season to seven in four matches.
Pogba is into the final 12 months of his contract and there has still been no meaningful progress in negotiations over a new deal, raising the possibility of him leaving as a free agent next summer.
United are realistic about the situation and, accordingly, have started making contingency plans in case the midfielder is to depart — plans which can be shelved or amended if he agrees fresh terms.
However, recent events are believed to have had a profound effect on Pogba and there is now a feeling that opting to stay with the 20-time English champions is becoming a realistic possibility.
With the transfer window closed, talks are expected to resume in due course and although Pogba can speak to foreign suitors from January, it is anticipated that his mind could be made up sooner.
How Pogba and his team-mates fare in the campaign, the success of their signings, United’s longer-term vision and offers from elsewhere will be among many factors influencing his decision.
The lack of movement in talks suggested joining the likes of Paris Saint-Germain or Real Madrid looked likely and while that may yet occur, he is currently thought to be leaning the opposite way.
Experiencing what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have around Ronaldo’s “homecoming” is said to have impacted a number of other squad members similarly, but Pogba’s status is probably the most delicate and there is a strong chance it contributes to him putting pen to paper at United.News Now - Sport News