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Paul Pogba jets off on pre-season tour despite rumours of Manchester United exit

 

Unclear future: Paul Pogba
Unclear future: Paul Pogba

By Robert Jones

Paul Pogba has been included in Manchester United's squad for their pre-season tour.

The France midfielder had been a doubt for the trip as reports that he is angling for a move away from Old Trafford picked up pace last week.

But he travelled with the team as they headed to Australia yesterday afternoon to kick-off their preparations for the new season.

Romelu Lukaku, another player linked with a summer departure, was also included among the 28-man party - as were new signings Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side will take on Perth Glory and Leeds before continuing on for pre-season games in Singapore and China.

Pogba has struggled for consistent form since returning to Old Trafford in a club-record deal in 2016.

He was included in the PFA Team of the Year last season but split opinion among supporters and reportedly had a falling out with former United boss Jose Mourinho.

Last week, Pogba's agent Mino Raiola said that he had made the club aware he was looking to move the player on and offered no assurances that the 26-year-old would travel for the pre-season tour.

"Everyone knows the willingness of Paul to move on. We are in the process of that. Everyone knows what the feelings of Paul are," said Raiola.

It is understood that both Matteo Darmian and Fred are absent due to family reasons and will link up with the squad later in the tour.

Alexis Sanchez, who limped out of Chile's Copa America third-place play-off defeat to Argentina over the weekend, is missing but would not have been included at this stage due to his international exertions.

While Solskjaer has also taken a host of young players on the tour, including Mason Greenwood, there were notable absentees in the shape of defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah and goalkeeper Dean Henderson.

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