Paul Pogba has been impressed with Manchester United’s start to the season and is now understood to be leaning towards signing a new contract at Old Trafford.
The Frenchman has entered the final 12 months of his current deal, and while he has always been open to penning an extension, he has previously made it clear to those around him that he is prepared to delay talks to consider all his options.
A large part of Pogba’s hesitance was a desire to see whether United could become genuine challengers for the Premier League title. He wants to be at a successful club and has always been open to signing an extension if United could match his ambition – something which seemed impossible 12 months ago.
But according to The Athletic, they have done exactly that over the past few months.
United’s recruitment, bringing in the superstar trio of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and a certain Cristiano Ronaldo, was a real statement from intent from the club and that message has not been lost on Pogba.
The 28-year-old has been in stellar form so far this season, adding assists six and seven for the season in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Newcastle United, and perhaps more importantly, the results have followed. United sit top of the table and are unbeaten across their opening four games.
Those around Old Trafford are believed to feel as though Pogba is loving life at the club once again. He is winning games and surrounded by superstars, and the feeling is that his priority at the minute would be signing a new contract.
United are being realistic about the situation and trying to prepare for all possible outcomes. It’s no secret that he is close to being able to leave on a free transfer, when Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain could throw silly money at him to bring him in – so scouts are already looking for possible alternatives.
But the obvious hope is that all that work is necessary, and those in charge have been left with the feeling that Pogba would favour remaining at United over a move elsewhere as it stands.
Informal talks over a new contract are expected to kick off soon, with United keen to figure out a resolution to the situation before January, when he will be free to talk to overseas clubs.