Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is reportedly ‘enthused by the idea’ of working under influential German coach Ralf Rangnick, according to the Athletic.
The 63-year-old is expected to be confirmed as the club’s interim manager within the next 24 hours.
It remains to be seen whether he will take his first game in charge against Arsenal on Thursday at Old Trafford, or at Selhurst Park on Sunday, for our trip to Crystal Palace.
Rangnick will be coming into a dressing room that has qualified for the Champions League last-16 as Group F winners, following a 2-0 draw at Villarreal, and earnt a 1-1 draw in London against the Premier League leaders.
The German is expected to be boosted by the return of Pogba within the next month or so.
The World Cup winner was ruled out six to eight weeks after suffering a thigh injury whilst training with France.
The Athletic claim that the 28-year-old’s injury timescale remains realistic.
United’s number six continues to rehabilitate in Dubai, but is allegedly ‘enthused by the idea’ of working under Rangnick.
This is due to Pogba receiving ‘positive feedback’ about the man dubbed the ‘godfather’ of German football, from ‘contacts in the game’.
But Rangnick’s previous comments about Pogba, could hint at the incoming interim manager making a ruthless decision.
Pogba contract update
With just under five weeks until the New Year, there remains no breakthrough in contract negotiations with Pogba and his agent Mino Raiola.
As it stands, Pogba, whose contract expires in June, will be able to discuss pre-contract terms with foreign clubs come 1st January.
United’s contract offer is reportedly still on the table unsigned, but there have been no fresh talks.
However, the Athletic believe that Pogba is unlikely to sign a contract with another club during the season and will instead assess his options at the end of the campaign.
Otherwise, United risk losing him on a free for a second time after splashing out a world-record £89m (BBC Sport) in 2016, to bring him back to Old Trafford.
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