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old trafford deal Manchester United trigger Paul Pogba contract extension to ward off Real Madrid interest

The 27-year-old returned to Old Trafford from Juventus in a then world-record deal in 2016.

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Paul Pogba is set to remain at Old Trafford until at least 2022

Paul Pogba is set to remain at Old Trafford until at least 2022

Paul Pogba is set to remain at Old Trafford until at least 2022

Manchester United have triggered the extension clause in Paul Pogba’s contract, keeping the midfielder at the club until 2022.

The 27-year-old returned to Old Trafford from Juventus in a then world-record deal in 2016 and has been subject of regular speculation ever since, including interest from Spanish giants Real Madrid

Pogba’s Old Trafford contract was due to expire next summer but it is understood that United, as widely expected, have exercised their option to extend the deal by a further year.

In the next couple of years I'm sure we'll get the best out of himOle Gunnar Solskjaer on Paul Pogba

The deal is believed to have been triggered before the 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.”

Solskjaer was speaking for the first time since United brought in Edinson Cavani, Facundo Pellistri and Alex Telles on deadline day.

“Well, we’re looking forward to integrating them into the group,” he said.

“Facunda, he’s been in training with us now two days. Very exciting, young enthusiastic player with some attributes that we don’t have. Of course he’s one maybe more for the future, maybe not for just now because he’s still 18.

“Alex came in yesterday, did his recovery after a long, long flight from Sao Paulo, having come on twice for Brazil so we’re looking forward to integrating him.

“Edinson has still not been with the group because of his quarantine, so all three of them have got something different to what we have and they’ll definitely come in and help us.

“I think the group, as well, are looking forward to having them join in.”

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