Mino Raiola has sensationally claimed that ‘Paul Pogba’s Manchester United career’ is “over”, on the eve of a crucial Champions League decider.
In an interview with Italian media to be published on Tuesday, the super-agent has publicly announced that his client has no long-term future at Old Trafford.
Raiola’s comments come on the day that United travel to play RB Leipzig, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side needing a point from their final game in Group H in order to reach the knock-out stages.
Pogba’s current United contract is set to expire at the end of next season after the club triggered an automatic one-year extension in October.
Initial talks between the club and Pogba’s camp over a new deal made little progress and the midfielder recently lost his automatic starting spot amid injury and illness.
Raiola talked up the possibility of Pogba leaving United earlier this year – with Real Madrid and Juventus among his suitors – in comments which sparked a public war of words with Solskjaer.
United’s record signing – who arrived from Juventus in 2016 in a then world-record £89m fee – ultimately stayed put during a summer transfer window affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Pogba then contracted the virus himself while away on international duty with France, which he has since blamed for a slow start to the season.
The 27-year-old’s first league goal of the campaign inspired United to a 3-1 comeback victory over West Ham on Saturday, after which he encouraged his team-mates to rise to the challenge ahead of a crucial week for the club.
Pogba was pictured training with the rest of the United squad at their Carrington training base on Monday morning before their flight to Leipzig.
After their make-or-break clash at the Red Bull Arena, Solskjaer’s side face an Old Trafford derby against Manchester City this Saturday.