Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba suggested on Sunday that he could be open to a move away from the Premier League side, telling reporters in Tokyo that now “could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else”.
The France World Cup winner has been linked in the British media with a move to Real Madrid to work with coach Zinedine Zidane, or with a return to his former club Juventus.
Pogba’s time at Manchester United has coincided with some insipid performances on the pitch and organisational turmoil at the club.
However, the 26-year-old midfielder, who was named in the PFA Team of the Year in 2018-19, is contracted to the Premier League club until July 2021.
“I am thinking of this: To have a new challenge somewhere else,” Pogba said.
“For me, I have been for three years in Manchester and have been doing great; some good moments and some bad moments, like everybody. Like everywhere else.
“After this season and everything that happened this season, with my season being my best season as well… I think for me it could be a good time to have a new challenge.”
Despite the views of their record signing, it is understood Manchester United believe Pogba will still be at Old Trafford next season.
Pogba moved back to Manchester United after four years at Juventus for a then-world record £89.3m fee in August 2016, after originally progressing through the youth ranks at Old Trafford.
Pogba has made 89 league appearances in his second spell at United, scoring 24 goals.
In April, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he expected Pogba to stay at the club next season.