Manchester United have triggered the 12-month extension in the France international Paul Pogba’s contract.
The Red Devils have tied World Cup winner to the club until June 2022. The decision is said to have been made prior to Paul expressing an interest in joining La Liga giants Real Madrid last week.
The club’s decision is the earliest they have exercised the one-year option in a star’s contract since executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward introduced the plus-one option seven years ago.
Pogba re-signed for United back in 2016 for a then-world record sum of £89 million but said it is his ‘dream’ to transfer to Madrid, who reappointed Zinedine Zidane as a head coach in March 2019.
Unless United agree an entirely fresh contract with Pogba between now and the end of the season they’ll come under pressure to sell the Frenchman next year as he will have just a year left on his contract.
The Norwegian tactician Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said at his press conference on Friday: “Paul’s our player.
“He’s going to be here for another two years and I’m sure Paul is focused on doing his best for us and we want to see the best of Paul. I’m sure in the next couple of years we’ll get the best out of him.”
Elsewhere, Rennes sensation Eduardo Camavinga will reportedly be a No.1 target for Real Madrid during next summer’s transfer window.
Zinedine Zidane’s side were expected to move for the 17-year-old midfielder over the summer, but the financial impact of the COVID-19 outbreak meant that Los Blancos could not afford a deal.
Manchester United will also reportedly be in the hunt for the France international at the end of the 2020-21 term.