Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba wants to leave the club, his agent Mino Raiola has told The Times.
Pogba, 26, has been absent from pre-season training this week, adding to speculation about his long-term future.
In June, Pogba said “now could be a good time to find a new challenge”.
Raiola has now told The Times: “Everyone knows the willingness of Paul
to move on. We are in the process of that. Everyone knows what the
feelings of Paul are.”
The Italian agent added: “Everyone within the club, from the manager to the owner, knows Paul’s wishes.”
asked directly if France international Pogba would travel with the
squad for a pre-season tour of Australia on Sunday, Raiola said: “I
cannot tell you anything. I live day by day.”
United expect the 2018 World Cup winner to be on the plane to Australia.
while most of his team-mates reported for pre-season duty on Monday,
Pogba is away from United’s Carrington training base with the permission
of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – having been given time off after a
hectic 16 months.
Pogba’s future has been the subject of intense
speculation for months. There were widespread reports of acrimony
between him and former United manager Jose Mourinho, while the
midfielder stated in March that Spanish giants Real Madrid were “a dream
club for every player”, though he did add that he was happy at Old
Real and Italian champions Juventus have repeatedly been linked with Pogba, who is contracted to United until 2021.
Since rejoining from Juventus in 2016, Pogba has scored 31 goals in 135 matches and won the EFL Cup and FA Cup in 2016-17.
was the only player outside of Liverpool and Manchester City to be
named in the Professional Footballers’ Association Team of the Year for