Man Utd chief Ed Woodward breaks his own tradition by handing Paul Pogba a new contract

Manchester United have reportedly activated the one-year extension in Paul Pogba’s contract. Pogba’s current deal at Old Trafford was set to expire at the end of this season. However, as has become customary at United, the club had an option to extend the contract for a further year.

Pogba’s future at United has often been the topic of discussion in recent years.

The Frenchman has failed to hide his admiration for Real Madrid in the past and during the recent international break it was no different.

The 27-year-old admitted it would be his dream to play for the Bernabeu club at some point in his career.

And it appears United have acted fast to ensure Pogba stays beyond this season.

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The Manchester Evening News says United have activated the one-year clause to keep Pogba at the club until 2022.

The report claims it is the earliest United have exercised a one-year option in a player’s contract since executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward introduced the system at the club in 2013.

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However, the deal for Pogba does not end speculation over his future and United may now be under pressure to sell him next summer if they cannot agree a new long-term contract with the midfielder.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Friday, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted Pogba would remain at the club.

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“Paul’s our player,” Solskjaer said.

“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.”

News of Pogba’s extension comes a week after he admitted again that playing for Real under Zinedine Zidane would be a dream.

“Many things have been said,” Pogba told a news conference last week.

“Of course, every footballer would love to play for Real Madrid and would dream about that. It’s a dream of mine, so why not one day?

“But I’m at Manchester United and I love my club. I play for Manchester United, I want to perform well for them and do everything to get them back to where they deserve to be.”

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