Paul Pogba dismisses reports of bumper contract offer

Paul Pogba has issued a statement regarding a recent report he has been offered a contract which would make him the highest-paid player in the Premier League.

Earlier this week, the Sun claimed that Manchester United had tabled a £500,000-a-week deal for Pogba, whose current contract runs out at the end of the season.

But speaking to the Daily Mail, Pogba’ representatives dismissed the claims and said he is focused on getting back to full fitness.

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The statement read: “To clarify media reports, Paul has not been offered a new contract in recent months.

“Paul is fully focused on his recovery from injury with the aim of helping the team as soon as possible.”

It is not the first time this season that Pogba has moved to clarify reports about himself he feels are untrue.

After the 5-0 defeat to Liverpool, he took to social media to again contradict a report by the Sun, this time that he snubbed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the game.

What does this mean for United?

In truth, the reports that United were willing to make Pogba the highest-paid player in the division did not make much sense.

He is currently injured and faces more weeks on the sidelines and his form this season has not been enough to put him among the best players in the league.

There are fans who would probably cut ties with Pogba given his inconsistency and the headaches his agent have given the club.

But even the ones who want him to commit his future to the club could not reasonably argue he deserves £500,000-a-week, and it appears the club have not made that offer at all.

Pogba is free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs and no doubt Mino Raiola will be working hard on his client’s next move, but as of yet, there is no clarity over what that will be.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.