Pogba has been sidelined since November with a hamstring injury and will face another month out, says Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick; the France midfielder’s contract expires at the end of the season and he has been linked with Juventus and Real Madrid.
Paul Pogba has not been offered a new contract since last summer and is still deciding whether to extend his stay at Old Trafford.
Contrary to media reports, Pogba, whose contract at United runs until the end of June, has not been offered a new deal since last summer and that offer has not yet been accepted or rejected.
The midfielder’s focus is getting fit and back playing for Manchester United after having missed 11 games since November due to a hamstring injury.
He can sign a pre-contract with a foreign club in the January transfer window but is increasingly likely to wait until the summer before making a decision on his future.
Rangnick: Pogba out injured for another month
Amid the ongoing transfer speculation, interim manager Ralf Rangnick has revealed Pogba will be unavailable for potentially another month due to his hamstring problem.
“As far as I know, I was told a week ago, it would be a minimum of at least another four or five weeks before he is fit for training again,” Rangnick told club media.
“I saw him this morning before the training session, he was in the locker room, and I hope he will be back as soon as possible.
“Right now, he’s not been part of the training group and, even if he was back whenever, two, three, or four weeks, it will take some time.
“It’s one thing to be training fit but, on the other hand, he needs to be fit for the match and competition in either the Premier League or the Champions League and this will still take some time.”
What has been said on Pogba’s future?
Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are among a number of clubs interested in signing him.
Pogba is yet to feature under Rangnick since he took charge and last month, when asked about the speculation surrounding the midfielder, the German said it was not his job to convince Pogba or any other player to remain at the club.
He said: “Players have to want to stay and play for the club.
“For a big club like Manchester United, if a player does not want to play for a club like Manchester United, even in the long term, I don’t think it makes sense to convince him to change his mind.
“This is such a massive club [with] such fantastic support, I don’t think that anyone in the club should then try to convince the player to stay.
“But on the other hand, let’s wait and see. I’ve spoken with him for 15 minutes over the phone a few days ago. Let’s have him come back, get fully fit, train with the team and then we will see where we stand [and] how the team has developed by then.
“He can be an important player, I’m fully aware of that, but this is true for all the other players that we have.
“I’m not only the coach of Paul Pogba once he’s fully fit, but I’m also the coach of all the other players and my ambition is to make them better, to develop each individual player, and this is only possible by improving the performance of the whole team.”
Pogba returned to United in a club-record deal from Juventus in 2016 and has scored 38 times and made 49 assists in 219 appearances in all competitions.
Meanwhile, Anthony Martial wants to leave United this month but the club rejected a loan offer from Sevilla for the forward at the end of December.