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Paul Pogba will stay at Manchester United beyond this season, says 'close friend' Adnan Januzaj

"I think he will stay. Paul and I are still close," says Januzaj; watch Tottenham vs Man Utd live on Sky Sports on June 19

Paul Pogba
Image: Paul Pogba has long been linked with a move away from Manchester United

Paul Pogba will stay at Manchester United beyond this season, according to his "close friend" and former team-mate Adnan Januzaj.

Pogba has long been linked with a move to Real Madrid or former side Juventus this summer, and admitted himself last year he was looking for a "new challenge" in his career.

Januzaj struck up a close friendship with Pogba during their time in the United academy together and the Belgium international has claimed his close friend is set to stay at Old Trafford.

Pogba and Januzaj played in the United academy together and remain close friends
Image: Pogba and Adnan Januzaj played in the United academy together and remain close friends

"I think he will stay," Januzaj told Het Nieuwsblad. "Paul and I are still close. We have known each other since we were kids when we were in the United academy. Our families are also friends and we all keep in touch. That will never change."

Pogba's contract at United is due to expire next year but the club has the option to trigger a one-year extension to his deal.

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The World Cup winner has made just eight appearances in all competitions during an injury-hit season, but is back to full fitness as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer prepares his side for the Premier League's return.

United are due to face Tottenham away on June 19 - live on Sky Sports - when they will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run to 12 matches in all competitions.

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'Van Gaal didn't give me fair opportunities'

Januzaj looked destined for a successful career at Old Trafford when he broke into the first team as a teenager under former United manager David Moyes.

    He became a key part of Moyes' side but struggled to establish himself when the Scot was sacked and replaced by Louis van Gaal.

    After a couple of loan spells, Januzaj left Old Trafford permanently for Real Sociedad in 2017 and believes he was not given a fair chance to succeed by the Dutchman.

    Adnan Januzaj, Louis Van Gaal
    Image: Januzaj could not force his way into former United manager Louis van Gaal's plans

      "Ah, Louis van Gaal. I really should not be defending myself against him, I think the statistics say it all," he said.

      "Every time I made the difference with an assist or a goal, I was always out of the team for the next match. It was the same with Memphis (Depay).

      "He does not speak the truth if he says that he gave us plenty of opportunities, it's as simple as that. Fortunately, there are plenty of people at Manchester United who do value my talent."

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