Manchester United have triggered the one-year option on Paul Pogba’s contract, extending the midfielder’s deal until 2022.
Midfielder Paul Pogba’s one-year contract extension at Manchester United has been triggered by his club.
The France midfielder’s deal at Old Trafford was due to expire at the end of the campaign but United had an option to add a further 12 months, which has now been triggered and will ensure Pogba’s market value does not drop.
Pogba has never extended the deal he agreed in 2016 when his £89 million deal made him the most expensive player bought by a Premier League team.
His agent, Mino Raiola, suggested earlier this year that Pogba would sign a new contract at United but the 27-year-old also recently opened the door to leave for Real Madrid.
Speaking on international duty, he revealed it is his ambition to play at the Bernabeu. He had looked for a new challenge away from Old Trafford a year ago before looking more settled last season.
“No-one has told me anything,” Pogba said. ”I have not spoken to [United executive vice-chairman] Ed Woodward. We haven’t spoken about a new deal. At the moment, I am in Manchester and I am concentrating on getting back to my best form.
“I think there will be a moment when the club will come and talk to me and maybe offer me something, or not.”
United was expected to trigger their option, rather than risk him negotiate a pre-contract with another club in 10 weeks’ time. That would have seen him leave for free at the end of the season while having a deal until 2022 means he is still one of United’s most valuable assets.
Real Madrid has been long-term admirers of Pogba, who is understood to be open to working with his countryman Zinedine Zidane.
“All football players would love to play for Real Madrid. It is a dream for me, why not one day?” Pogba said. “I am in Manchester and I love my club. I am playing in Manchester, I’m having fun and I want to do everything to put the club where it deserves. I will give everything to the max, like my team-mates.”