Paul Pogba last appeared for Manchester United during their 1-1 draw against Arsenal in September and an injury has forced him to spend time away from the pitch. However, it has hasn’t stopped him from being linked with a move away from Old Trafford.
L’Equipe’s front page talks about a possible departure, and within the report they provide an update on his injury and also talk about his future.
Earlier reports suggested the midfielder could be fit on time for the derby against Manchester City, but the newspaper now claims the France international will return within two weeks.
He is expected to be back for the EFL Cup clash against Colchester United on December 18th or four days later for the league clash against Watford.
Moving on to the Red Devils star’s future, Marca reported on Wednesday that Zinedine Zidane still ‘loves’ his compatriot and is insisting Real Madrid to sign the player either in January or next summer after their failed efforts in the last window.
L’Equipe reports a move away in the winter market is excluded from United’s point of view. Pogba wouldn’t mind an exit, but he will not push for a transfer, if he is not allowed to leave next month.
His contract at United expires in 2021 and is unlikely to sign a new contract before the end of this season.
The report adds the 26-year-old will have an advantage to push for an exit next summer and his employer will also not be able to demand €150m to sanction the transfer because he will have only six months left on his contract from January 2021.
L’Equipe have not taken into account that United have an option to extend the contract by a year and if they exercise it, they can retain Pogba until 2022.
After last summer’s saga, Pogba wasn’t left ‘psychologically unscathed’, and L’Equipe believe it harmed the player’s performances.
There was also a lot of criticism sent his way, and the French newspaper state: ‘He was the target of racist insults of so-called supporters of the Mancunians. Nothing, absolutely nothing he experienced at the beginning of the season was likely to appease his summer regrets.’