Paul Pogba will resist Manchester United’s attempts to convince him to sign a new contract in a bid to secure his dream move to Real Madrid .
United are hoping that they will be able to secure the French World Cup winner on a long-term deal after keeping him out of the clutches of the Spanish giants this summer.
But while Pogba has assured Reds’ boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that his commitment to the team will be total, he believes his future is at the Bernabeu.
United slapped a £180million valuation on the 26-year-old after Real boss Zinedine Zidane made Pogba his No 1 summer target.
He has two years left on his current contract – and United also have the option of triggering a 12-month extension.
But while the Old Trafford club were able to block Madrid’s attempt to land the midfielder this year, Pogba knows that he will have a better chance of forcing his departure if he refuses new terms.
Zidane is said to be furious that his Bernabeu bosses have been unable to land Pogba this year.
The player claimed he needed a new challenge after United failed to qualify for the Champions League.
But Solskjaer made it clear that he had no intention of selling Pogba.
United would only do business if they received an offer they couldn’t refuse.
And that meant getting a hefty profit on the £89million they paid Juventus three years ago.
Juve were also interested in taking Pogba back to Turin – but the big-spending Italians also deemed United’s asking price excessive.
United boss Solskjaer reiterated that Pogba would still be at Old Trafford following the 1-1 with Southampton draw on Saturday.
“Paul Pogba will be playing for us,” he said (via the Daily Mail ).
The Frenchman was spotted limping after the game but Solskjaer is confident that it isn’t a serious concern ahead of the international break.
He added: “He twisted his ankle I think but he’ll go away on international duty now and hopefully it’s not too bad and he can play for France because I know how much he loves his country and playing for them.’