Manchester United have reportedly halted contract talks with Paul Pogba after the Frenchman returned to Old Trafford from the World Cup unhappy with life under Jose Mourinho.
Pogba is two years into his five-year deal at the Theatre of Dreams and United have the option of extending that by 12 months to keep him at the club until 2022.
The Frenchman, though, was intent on leaving United this summer after seeing his relationship with Mourinho deteriorate during his second campaign at the club and he was keen on joining Barcelona.
Nevertheless, United remain determined on keeping the France international and had initiated contract talks with Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola in August.
Pogba is effectively contracted until 2022 (Picture: Getty)
However, according to ESPN, United have now postponed further talks as they see little value in speaking to Pogba about his future at this moment in time.
The Frenchman has refused to clarify his future at the club and fueled speculation yesterday that he could leave in January.
"My future is currently in Manchester," said Pogba. "I still have a contract, I am playing there at the moment, but who knows what will happen in the next few months."
United, though, are in a strong position given the length remaining on Pogba’s contract and the club are confident that the Frenchman’s long-term future remains at Old Trafford.
The board believe it is in their interests to wait for a point nearer the end of the season to speak to Pogba and his representatives again and remain confident that he will sign a new deal when the time is right.
United believe they can make a breakthrough with Pogba and that the midfielder will sign a new deal around 2020.