Mino Raiola gives his strongest hint yet that Paul Pogba is nearing a Man United exit, saying: ‘December is the month of dreams… and I can’t stop dreams’, just six weeks before he can sign a contract with Real Madrid, PSG or Juventus
- Paul Pogba’s contract with Manchester United is set to expire in the summer
- France midfielder, 28, has shown little willingness to agree to an extension
- He is sidelined with a thigh injury sustained during training with France
- Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has again stirred up speculation about a transfer
- Player would be able to sign an agreement with another club in January
- And Raiola declared that ‘December is the month of dreams’ on Italian TV
Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has dropped the strongest hint yet the French midfielder could leave Manchester United, declaring ‘December is the month of dreams.’
With his current Old Trafford contract due to expire in the summer, Pogba would be able to sign an agreement to join another club this January.
Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and his old club Juventus are among potential destinations for a player who has failed to scale the heights after returning to United in 2016.
Paul Pogba’s future at Manchester United has come into focus once again following remarks from his agent Mino Raiola that ‘December is the months of dreams’
Raiola made the remarks in Italy as the French midfielder’s contract runs down at Old Trafford
And Raiola has yet again stirred up speculation with cryptic remarks in an interview with Italian channel Rai.
He said: ‘December is the month of dreams… and I can’t stop dreams, but it is better to not speak about Paul.
‘If some former Man United players don’t speak about me and Paul, they won’t work anymore.
‘It’s too early to speak about Paul Pogba’s contract. Let’s see what happens. I can’t stop anyone from dreaming.’
Pogba’s United career hit a fresh low when he was sent off in the 5-0 defeat by Liverpool
Paul Pogba suffered a thigh muscle injury during a training session with France last week
Pogba, 28, started the season in excellent form for United, registering seven assists in their first four Premier League matches.
However, his performances have tailed off as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team also slumped and his career at the club reached a fresh low when he was sent off for a poor tackle on Naby Keita during the 5-0 home defeat to Liverpool.
He was then taken off early by Solskjaer during a disappointing performance in the 2-2 draw away to Atalanta in the Champions League.
As well as being suspended for domestic games, Pogba then suffered a thigh injury while training with the France team ahead of this month’s World Cup qualifiers.
It means Pogba is likely to be sidelined until the New Year.
Pogba started the season in electric form, setting up four goals in the 5-1 win over Leeds
He was taken off by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after a shocking display against Atalanta this month
The games Pogba could miss
Premier League unless stated
November 20 Watford (A)
November 23 Villarreal (A)
November 28 Chelsea (A)
December 2 Arsenal (H)
December 5 Crystal Palace (H)
December 8 Young Boys (H)
December 11 Norwich City (A)
December 14 Brentford (A)
December 18 Brighton (H)
December 27 Newcastle (A)
December 30 Burnley (H)
‘Well as you can see, I got a little injured – hopefully it’s not too bad, I’m probably going to do a scan in the next days to see how bad it is,’ Pogba said on Instagram last week, with the clunking of crutches in the background.
‘Yeah, we are here – but we are going to come back strong, you already know – we don’t lose faith, we don’t lose the positive vibe – keep smiling.
‘Everything happens for a reason, we are blessed still and we are going to come back and keep it up – that’s how it is, thank you for the support – all love, we are going to be back soon.’
One option for Pogba is to join Real Madrid with Marca reporting this week the Bernabeu club ‘remain attentive’ to his situation at United.
The former world-record £89million signing has come in for some stinging criticism in recent weeks, with Paul Scholes saying after the Liverpool sending-off that Pogba should never play for the club again.
Scholes followed up that remark by claiming that the ex-Juve man was ‘away with the fairies’ and that he would still be making the same mistakes aged 35 after a sub-standard display in the 2-2 draw at Atalanta.