Juventus have confirmed today that midfielder Paul Pogba has signed a contract extension that will see him remain with the Italian side until the end of the 2018/19 season. That's news which is going over very well with Juventus fans, but not making it a happy Friday for many hoping to see the young Frenchman join their club in the upcoming summer.
Pogba has been high on many wishlists here at WAGNH, as the pivot has been an area of concern for quite a long while, while the United academy product would add much needed depth to the mix. Having come through the United academy only adds to his appeal, as his homegrown status in England and his association trained status in Europe would both increase his value to English sides.
Fortunately, signing his extension probably doesn't significantly lessen the chances that the player will be leaving Italy next summer. The reality of the matter is that Juventus simply can't play the player what the top clubs in England, Spain, or Munich can, and that the player and his agent will both be very aware of that fact. It's more than likely (even if it's not being reported yet) that some sort of release clause has been agreed upon and included in his new deal, as there seems to be little other reason for these extension talks to have gone on this long before eventually being resolved.
Regardless, for now it looks as if Pogba will be remaining at Juventus at least for the short term. I suppose it's a good thing that Cesc Fabregas has settled so well, somewhat lessening the need for a central midfield player of Pogba's caliber.