Paul Pogba tells French media he’s close to a Juventus extension

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At 21 years old, Paul Pogba may already be one of the best midfielders in the game, and with rumors of his signature flying uninhibited through the European game this summer, it may all be for naught.

The former Manchester United youth has told French media group Telefoot that the French international plans to extend his contract with Juventus.

“We are in talks to extend with the club and I should meet my representatives soon,” Pogba said in the interview.

The piece by Telefoot also featured former Italian national team coach Cesare Prandelli who called Pogba “the best midfielder in the world,” which may be a reach given Prandelli’s (former) own Andrea Pirlo still continues to ply his trade alongside Pogba at Juventus Stadium, but his point doesn’t entirely fall on deaf ears.

Serie A released its contract values about a week ago, and it revealed that Pogba only makes around $2 million a year under his current contract at Juventus, which likely would have sparked plenty of interest from other teams who wished to lure him with an increase in salary. But if that’s true, his new contract would be almost guaranteed to increase that number.

News of an extension for the Young Player of the Tournament winner in the 2014 World Cup will disappoint clubs such as Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United who were heavily linked with a move for his services.