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Manchester United confirm Paul Pogba’s exit

Manchester United confirm Paul Pogba’s exit

Manchester United have confirmed that Paul Pogba will leave the club at the end of his contract.

The 29-year-old midfielder, who re-joined the Reds in 2016 for a then-world record transfer fee of £89 million, has been linked with a transfer away from Old Trafford in recent years.

And now, the World Cup winner will depart at the end of June on a free transfer, with a move to former club Juventus said to be on the cards.

In a 804-word statement on their official website, United announced the departure of academy product Pogba in a lengthy write-up.

The statement began: “The club can announce that Paul Pogba will leave Manchester United at the end of June, upon the expiry of his contract.”

The Premier League club then spoke about both of his spells at Old Trafford before describing his contribution to the 2021/22 campaign.

“The Frenchman made just 27 appearances under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the Norwegian’s replacement, interim manager Ralf Rangnick,” it read.

“And the last of his 233 United games ended in the 10th minute of a defeat at Anfield in April 2022, with Pogba forced to leave the field due to another unfortunate knock.

“It was a low-key end to a United career that had brought so many individual high moments, so many beautiful goals, assists and pieces of skill.

“But for a boy that joined the Academy at 16 to make over 200 United appearances and lift the Youth Cup, along with two major pieces of silverware – not to mention the World Cup at international level – is something that should be applauded and celebrated.

“Everyone at the club would like to congratulate Paul on his successful career, and thank him for his contributions to Manchester United.

“We wish him all the best for the next steps on a remarkable journey.”

So where will Pogba play next season? It was reported last month that the Frenchman has already turned down a move to Manchester City.

Pogba received a flattering proposal from the recently crowned Premier League champions, according to The Athletic, and gave serious contemplation to the offer but opted to reject the deal, favouring a move to another club.

He has been strongly linked with a transfer to Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus in recent weeks.

In fact, Pogba’s former club Juve are ‘on the brink’ of signing the midfielder after offering the midfielder a three-year deal worth around £10 million per season, according to reports in Italy.

Gazzetta dello Sport say Pogba could be announced as a Juventus player this week.

 

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