Manchester United Take Shock Paul Pogba Decision

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In football, as in life, one thing leads to another and the domino effect that ensues is the cause for many headlines. Paul Pogba’s Manchester United future has provided ample room for speculation of the sorts.

What started off as allegation of a bad rapport between the Frenchman and manager Jose Mourinho spiraled into full-blown interest from Barcelona during the summer window.

The transfer would have very well gone through had the higher-ups at United not refused to cease looking for an apt replacement.

The most recent update on the saga was a claim suggesting that Pogba and Mourinho had made their peace, and that the player wouldn’t reignite his interest to depart in January, but would instead wait till next summer to address his future, the club being put first.

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Now, a fresh update has been reported regarding the same. According to ESPN, Manchester United have put contract talks with Pogba on hold amid the uncertainty that surrounds his long-term future.

Currently into two years of a five-year-long tenure, it was earlier planned by the club that negotiations for a fresh deal would begin this month itself, fed by Pogba winning the World Cup with France over the summer.

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This requirement was deemed even more necessary by the fact that the 25-year-old is represented by Mino Raiola, who has proven to be a worthwhile adversary and is notorious for milking clubs when it comes to his star-studded client-list.

The report adds that United are still confident that Pogba will stay at Old Trafford for the long term, despite the shelving of these potential talks sending a conflicting message.

Pogba, for his part, has allegedly made it clear that the reported uncertainty he is showing at United is not a bid to tease a bigger pay in the next contract.

Does this bode ill for those fans who hope to see Pogba as a Red Devil for years to come?