Manchester United have triggered the one-year contract extension clause Paul Pogba signed with the club.
Pogba’s Old Trafford contract was due to expire next summer but United as expected, exercised their right to extend the contract, tying the midfielder to the club until 2022.
According to Sky Sports, the year’s option is a feature built into the majority of contracts United agree with players when they sign, with the club having control of that clause.
The deal is believed to have been triggered before the France World Cup winner fuelled talk about his future during the international break when he spoke up the idea of playing for Real Madrid one day.
Asked about those comments in Friday’s press conference previewing the trip to Newcastle, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “Paul’s our player, he’s going to be here for another two years and I’m sure Paul is focused on doing his best for us and we want to see the best of Paul.
“So, in the next couple of years I’m sure we’ll get the best out of him.”
Meanwhile, Solskjaer believes outsiders are trying to create discord in his squad with rumours of rift with midfielder Bruno Fernandes.
Reports claimed Fernandes was unhappy with Solskjaer after the 6-1 home defeat to Tottenham in the Premier League.
However, FrujuSports reported that the Portuguese midfielder debunked such reports, saying the stories were created to “destabilise” the group.
Solskjaer was apparently pleased with Fernandes response and said:
“Welcome to Manchester United, this is what happens when you lose a couple.”
“We know any little chance from outside they want to create a division. I think Bruno spoke really well the other day, saying, ‘We are united and we have to stay together’.
“We can’t listen to everyone outside, we’ve got to just get on with it.”