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Raiola: Pogba may stay at Manchester United

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Paul Pogba.
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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba wants to stay at the club and win trophies, according to an interview with his agent Mino Raiola.

Pogba has been strongly linked with a move away in the January transfer window, and the Mirror ran a report that claimed that a sizeable number of staff and players expected him to leave the club.

Potential exits are limited for the player, with few clubs willing or able to afford the £120m or more that Ed Woodward is rumoured to value the World Cup winner at. Woodford is also keen to keep Pogba for his marketing value as the club focus on a strategy of social media popularity instead of actually winning trophies.

Real Madrid are reluctant to meet that transfer fee, as well as both his wages and the signing-on fee and cut that Raiola would likely demand. Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain have also been linked with the midfielder, with the clubs in the market to improve their performance in Europe.

Pogba and Raiola made it plain that he was keen to leave last summer, but there was no convincing approach made by any side, and if he is to move it will now be in January at the earliest. However, the agent has suggested that he could continue at Old Trafford.

He said: ”Paul wants to be successful and happy and wants to win prizes and he would love to do that with Manchester United.

“You know other players can bring things to extreme but Paul doesn’t like that. So you work differently. There was an interest from Real Madrid but they didn’t let him go and I’m sorry, because I think that Paul being French then Zidane is an important factor in French football history.”

Pogba is now out with an unspecified illness that could postpone his return to the first team until the start of the new year.