A lot of folks, myself included, entered the season with the notion that this could potentially be Paul Pogba's final year wearing a Juventus jersey. But as the season has gone on and he's continued to develop both as a player and within the squad as a whole, the notion that Pogba still being a Juventus player come the end of the 2016 summer transfer window seems like more and more of a possibility.
A possible contract extension may be a part of that.
According to the Gazzetta dello Sport on Friday morning, Juventus are set to offer Pogba a contract extension that will see the French midfielder, who is already the club's top earner, get another handsome raise. Team this with a related report that Juve intend to reject all offers for Pogba — as well as defender Leonardo Bonucci and striker Paulo Dybala — and you have another potential sign that he may not be going any where this summer.
If true, this is right in line with what we've been hearing from Beppe Marotta lately — especially the last couple of weeks. "I agree with what (Max) Allegri said about Pogba. We also want to build a competitive team and, for this, Pogba is a fundamental component," Marotta said earlier this week.
Pogba, who has big-money clubs around Europe linked with a move for him every single week the past few years, signed his first contract extension with Juventus 18 months ago. His current deal runs through 2019, and brought with it a substantial pay raise. As we know, he's done nothing to disprove that notion of being the club's highest earner, having continued to emerge as one of the best at his position in Europe.
Even though he did sign the contract extension back in October 2014, it didn't do anything to slow down the constant chatter regarding his future in Turin. And it probably won't do anything in terms of rumors if he signs another one.
But what a contract extension would mean is that Pogba is staying a little while longer. And nobody who roots for Juventus should object to that.