Paul Pogba could still stay at Manchester United and sign a new contract says European football expert Gabriele Marcotti.
The Frenchman earlier claimed in the season that he is open to a ‘new challenge’ away from Manchester United after three years at the club.
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His superagent Mino Raiola re-confirmed last week that he’s working on finding a move away from Old Trafford his client.
Pogba’s current deal expires in 2021 and with United having the option of extending his stay by further 12 months.
However, Marcotti says that Pogba is looking for reassurances from the club for putting pen to paper on a new contract.
“Mino’s going to do what Mino does,” Marcotti told ESPN FC.
“People think that agents only get paid when they move players.
“No, they also get paid when players extend their contracts.
“Paul Pogba is at that time where he needs to extend his contract and United would probably want to extend his contract.
“It’s a question of, not just satisfying him economically which United I would presume are prepared to do, but also giving him a sense of what the future’s going to bring.
“Lock-up Marcus Rashford, decide what you’re going to do with David de Gea.
“Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s great, who else are you going to sign? What else are you going to do?
“When Mino Raiola starts talking a lot as he has been doing in the last week, you know that something’s up because most of the time he doesn’t talk.
“I think it’s that as much as putting him in the shop window.
“That said, obviously if Real Madrid come along and there’s a deal to be done, then I think Raiola and Pogba will entertain it.
“But I think right now it’s a case of hedging their bets.
“It’s not Pogba desperately itching for a move, I think it’s Pogba itching for a resolution, a way forward.
“Either a new contract and commitments from the club about the squad or if there’s an offer out there and it works, moving elsewhere.
“It’s not like he’s desperate to leave Old Trafford as some people have suggested.”
Pogba has joined Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s pre-season camp in Perth for their tour of Australia and the Far East.