‘I’m looking forward to seeing him grow with this team’: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer drops Paul Pogba contract hint with Manchester United midfielder in final year of current deal at Old Trafford
- Paul Pogba struggled with form and fitness for Manchester United pre-lockdown
- But the Frenchman played an integral part as United finished in the top four
- Pogba currently has a contract at Old Trafford which expires next summer
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken about Pogba and his long-term role in the team
The Frenchman, who was heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid this time last summer, returned from lockdown fit and revitalised as he helped the Red Devils finish in the top four.
Qualification for Champions League football, as well as his partnership with Bruno Fernandes, seems to have satisfied Pogba, 27, and with his current deal expiring next summer, a new deal seems imminent given Solskjaer’s comments on his long-term role in the side.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken about Paul Pogba being part of his team for years to come
The Manchester United midfielder currently has a contract which expires in 2021
‘What Paul said, was said before. Since coming back from injury has been a delight,’ Solskjaer said, as reported by The Mirror.
‘He has worked really hard, he is happy and he is playing well. We are going to see the best of Paul in the next couple of seasons, I’m sure.
‘And I’m looking forward to seeing him grow with this team.
‘He will have to be one of the leaders, one of the main figures, because he is just coming to his peak time as a footballer at 27.
‘I am really looking forward to working with him.’
Pogba has had a topsy-turvy career at United since re-joining the English club from Juventus in 2016 for £89m.
Solskjaer speaking about Pogba’s long-term role means a new contract could be imminent
He fell out with previous manager Jose Mourinho, while he only played twice between September and March due to a series of ankle injuries.
But since the Premier League returned in June, Pogba has been integral to United and has flourished alongside January arrival Fernandes.
The 27-year-old will play a part as Solskjaer’s side look to progress in the Europa League in the next few weeks – United next play FC Copenhagen in the quarter-finals tomorrow night.