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Paul Pogba's future at Manchester United plunged further into doubt. 19 March 2020


Mino Raiola has fuelled fresh doubts over Paul Pogba's future at Manchester United by saying he  wants to take 'a great footballer' to Real Madrid this summer.

Pogba's future remains unclear, with Raiola having long sought a move away from United for his star client and Real leading the chase since last year. Boss ZInedine Zidane is a huge admirer of his fellow French World Cup winner.

While a move never materialised last summer, and despite Pogba seemingly more interested in staying at United following their revival since the arrival of £68million star Bruno Fernandes, Raiola appears set on taking his man to Madrid.

'My relations with Real Madrid are very good,' Raiola told Marca.

'I want to take a great footballer there and I will try this summer. It would be a pride for me and my footballers because Real Madrid is a great club.

'Alphonse Areola is already there, but it's only half an operation because it's a loan deal.

'I am in contact with [general director] Jose Angel Sanchez and I love discussing football and FIFA issues with him because his opinion interests me.

'I have great hope that one day he will be able to lead a great footballer to Real Madrid.'

He did not name Pogba during his interview with a Spanish newspaper, the long history of this transfer saga points towards the midfielder being a prime candidate to be Raiola's 'great footballer'.

Raiola also represents, among others, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Erling Haaland.

Asked about Pogba's situation, Raiola added: 'Paul is going through a difficult time, but let it be clear because in England they are very sensitive, Pogba is focused on making a great end to the season with Manchester United.

'He wants to get back into the team and make a great end to the season and that United can reach the Champions League.'

United are reportedly ready to cut ties with Pogba as they seek to move on from their former world record signing.

They are willing to listen to offers in the region of £100m for him as his contract is up next summer, according to The Sun.

United were holding out for a £150m sale in 2019 but will be forced to settle for less as the option of triggering a one-year extension appears increasingly remote.

Pogba has suffered an injury-ravaged campaign, and has made only two appearances since the end of September.

He was due to make his comeback from ankle surgery this month, but that has been curtailed by the suspension of all football due to the coronavrius pandemic.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said just last week that he expected Pogba to still be playing for the club next season.

Pogba was strongly linked with a move to Real last summer after revealing he wanted a new challenge, but a move failed to materialise.

In January Raiola claimed the midfielder was only committed to the club until the end of the season.

However, when asked about Pogba's future after his side's 5-0 win over LASK in the first leg of their last-16 Europa League tie, Solskjaer said he will stay.

'Paul's our player,' he said. He has two years left on his contract, a year plus the option of another. 'You can expect Paul to be here [next season], yeah.'

It comes after Sportsmail last week reported that Pogba had made a U-turn on his desire to leave and would sign new terms.

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