Pogba admits he was waiting for Real Madrid question as he’s quizzed on future

Paul Pogba was caught on his heels when a Spanish TV station asked him about the chances of moving to Real Madrid.

The Manchester United star is heading off on his holidays after France crashed out of Euro 2020 at the hands of Switzerland.

Pogba, 28, is set to join up with his United teammates later this summer before starting what could be his final season at the club.

He currently has just 12 months remaining on his deal and his future has been a source of constant speculation ever since his agent Mino Raiola claimed he would look to leave the club in 2021.

Asked about his current contract situation, Pogba suggested that talks hadn’t started before the end of last season, leaving much to be sorted out in the coming months.

Pogba has been open about his Man Utd contract situation and previously admitted a move to Real Madrid would be a dream

“I have one year left on my contract, everybody knows it. I know that the club is … well there has not been yet a concrete offer,” Pogba said at the start of Euro 2020.

“It has not been done. We finished the season with the Europa League then we went on holidays.

“So, I didn’t sit down with Ed Woodward and the manager. We haven’t spoken and of course, I am still at Manchester United.”

If he doesn’t sign a new contract, one potential destination has been the Bernabeu after he previously admitted playing for Los Blancos would see him achieve a lifelong ambition.

“We have all heard that things have been said. What to say? Yes, all footballers would love to play for Real Madrid. It might be a dream,” he said last October.

And following France’s elimination, Real-centric news station El Chiringuito TV made sure to ask a question about a move to Real Madrid, a question Pogba was keen to avoid.

Sitting on a plane, he joked: “I was waiting for this one. I’ve just arrived, so I will say thank you for everything.

“I arrived at my place of vacation and I have to go, everyone is waiting for me! “

Pogba quickly cut the interview short with a big laugh, but questions are likely to persist until his future is sorted one way or another.

Paul Pogba laughed off the question about a move to Real Madrid
Paul Pogba laughed off the question about a move to Real Madrid

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made it clear that he wants the midfielder to remain at the club and sent a pointed message to bosses earlier this summer.

Asked about Pogba’s future, the United boss said: “We want the best players here and the club knows what I want.

“I don’t know how the talks are going, but if we are going to fight for the best trophies then we need to have the best players.”

Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to keep Paul Pogba at Old Trafford
Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to keep Paul Pogba at Old Trafford

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Meanwhile, Pogba moved to defend Kylian Mbappe after he missed the decisive penalty against Switzerland, instead attributing the blame to the entirety of the squad.

“I feel a bit of everything,” he added. “I’m sad because we knew we could pass, angry also because it’s kind of our fault that we didn’t pass.

“But I know this is a meeting that will go down in history because there were a lot of emotions for us, the fans, everyone. I will remember this match.

“It’s a lesson for everyone, the world, me, the team. We will move forward.”

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