Paul Pogba’s absence from pre-season training at Manchester United this week has sparked more speculation about his long-term future.
It has come after the France midfielder used a personal promotional trip to Japan in June to state that “now could be a good time to find a new challenge somewhere else”.
But 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.
The word from United is that he will be on the plane to Australia when the first team set off for Perth on Sunday to begin a pre-season tour.
Pogba’s future has been the subject of intense speculation for months, especially with his agent admitting he was looking to get away from Manchester.