Raiola clarifies when Pogba will leave Man Utd with fresh transfer comments
Mino Raiola claims Paul Pogba is likely to leave Manchester United next summer – rather than in January.
The Frenchman’s agent has moved to clarify comments he made on the Red Devils midfielder prior to their defeat and subsequent exit from the Champions League at RB Leipzig last week.
Raiola had said that ‘the best solution would be for him to leave in the next transfer window’ – but he now insists he meant the summer.
In fresh comments, he declared: “Pogba will have a great future. In England, they’re very sensitive when you talk about Pogba. I’ve just expressed my thoughts.
“I’ve said that Paul can leave in the summer, it’s hard to do top deals in January.”
Pogba returned to United in a £90million deal in 2016 but has failed to live up to his price tag since his Old Trafford comeback.
He is still revered at Juventus, where he won four Serie A titles in as many years, while Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is a long-term admirer.
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Raiola initially said of Pogba: “There’s no use ignoring it. It’s better to speak honestly, look to the future and not waste time trying to blame people: Paul is unhappy at Manchester United, he can no longer express himself as he wants to or in the way that’s expected of him.
“He needs to change team, he needs a change of scene. He has a contract that expires in a year and a half’s time, in the summer of 2022, but I think the best solution would be for him to leave in the next transfer window.
“Otherwise the club from Old Trafford, with whom he has a good relationship, know very well that they risk losing him on a free transfer, considering that right now he does not want to extend his deal.
“If people don’t get that, they know very little about football. In any case, they’ll all blame me if Paul leaves next summer.”