Paul Pogba has reportedly told Manchester United’s hierarchy of his desire to join Real Madrid in the summer.
The France international is out of contract at Old Trafford in the summer and as yet has shown no sign of wanting to extend his stay.
Pogba trained for the first time in two and a half months on Monday following a thigh injury, and is set to play again early next month.
By then, United’s record £89million signing will have less than five months left on his £295,000-a-week contract, and according to The Daily Star, he wants to link up with LaLiga leaders Real once his deal is up.
The report claimed the midfielder – who joined from Juventus in 2016 – held talks with senior club figures several weeks ago in which he disclosed his intentions to move to Spain.
United meanwhile have reportedly not offered Pogba a new deal and are now willing to let him depart on a free transfer.
Interim boss Ralf Rangnick believes Pogba will nevertheless give his all for United until the end of the season — if only to secure a big-money move away this summer.
‘By the way, my contract as a manager is also expiring in the summer,’ said United’s interim boss ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Brentford.
‘We have the same goal. We have the same ambition to be as successful as we can possibly be in the next three or four months.
‘For me, it’s not a question if a player has an expiring contract. The question is how much does he still want to be a part of this group? How much does he still feel emotionally and physically on board?
‘As long as this is the case, why shouldn’t Paul Pogba – now after two-and-half months of injury and fully fit again – also want to show up?
‘He wants to show the fans of Manchester United, the board, the whole world what kind of player he can be. Even if it’s only to show enough for a new contract elsewhere, he will be highly motivated to do that.
‘Why should I then not play him? There is a difference of how players deal with their current situation. If they handle that in a professional way, of course I will play players although they have a contact expiring in the summer.’
Rangnick praised Pogba’s performance levels in training, having previously disagreed with the fact that the player was recovering from his injury in Dubai rather than Carrington.
‘He showed what an extraordinary player he could be,’ added Rangnick. ‘What I saw was very promising for the future. After the international break, I think he will be a serious candidate for the first XI.’