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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Paul Pogba is staying


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The morning papers were dominated by talk that Paul Pogba may be about to leave Manchester United for a second time.

A strong personality at the club, the French international has been criticised for his recent performances during a spell where the Red Devils have lost 7 out of 9 matches in all competitions.

It is reported that Pogba, who has two years of his current deal to run, has his eyes on a summer move to Real Madrid, a club which would guarantee him Champions League football.

Pogba was named in the PFA Team of the Year and speaking at his news conference ahead of Sunday's game against Chelsea, new United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hopeful the club can retain the World Cup winner.

"I think he will be here next season," said the Norwegian.

"Paul has done fantastic for us. We want him to do well. He is a leader in the dressing room.

"If I could guarantee I would say yes. You can't guarantee but I think he will be."

There is an expected clear out at Old Trafford, and it was interesting to note quotes from Romelu Lukaku, stating it would be a 'dream' to play in Serie A.  The tricky part is that United would be looking to recoup some of the £75 million transfer fee and the £250,000 weekly wage the Belgian is on.

One man who could sparkle on Sunday in the almost forgotten battle for the top four spots is Chelsea's Eden Hazard.  The play maker is another target of Real Madrid, and at the age of 28, it may be the opportune time for him to leave English football.

Hazard only has a year of his contract to run and Chelsea may cash in now.  If United do offload Pogba, it's not inconceivable to imagine that they could try to build their team around Real's Gareth Bale.  The Welshman is a fantastic player, but he turns 30 in July.

 

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