Report: Paul Pogba, Jose Mourinho 'Call Truce' After Talks Amid Exit Rumours

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistSeptember 6, 2018

SEVILLA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 21: (L-R) Paul Pogba of Manchester United, coach Jose Mourinho of Manchester United  during the UEFA Champions League  match between Sevilla v Manchester United at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on February 21, 2018 in Sevilla Spain (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/Soccrates/Getty Images)
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Manchester United star Paul Pogba will reportedly not seek a January exit from the club after holding talks with Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho

According to the Mirror's David McDonnell, the France international pushed for a transfer in the summer but has called a truce with Mourinho, even if issues between the two persist. 

Per McDonnell, Barcelona was Pogba's preferred destination in the summer, and there were also strong links with former club JuventusTuttosport recently reported the midfielder would seek a January switch back to Turin (h/t Calciomercato.com).

While a reunion with the Bianconeri seems unlikely―the Italians smashed their transfer record in the summer to bring in Cristiano Ronaldoa switch to Barcelona could be on the cards. As sports writer Liam Canning noted, some Blaugrana players have already talked up the move:

Liam Canning @LiamPaulCanning

I see Barcelona players are on the charm offensive with Paul Pogba. This should be fun.

Barcelona vice president Jordi Mestre also had his say, per Mundo Deportivo (h/t Ciaran Kelly of the Manchester Evening News):

"We do not talk about players that are not at our club. What I read is that Pogba is unhappy at Manchester United and his agent, Mino Raiola, has been more vehement in efforts to sell him.

"But I have not read that he says he wants to sign for the club. Yes, he is a player of unquestionable quality in the eyes of all the world."

According to McDonnell, Pogba is almost certain to push for a transfer again next summer, but the midfielder understands that the Red Devils won't sell in midseason and will therefore not ask for a move in January.

United have started the season in poor form, winning just two of their first four Premier League fixtures. And Pogba has been highlighted as one of the main reasons behind the bad start.

His inconsistent play has given some of his critics―including Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness―plenty of ammunition:

Mirror Football @MirrorFootball

Paul Pogba accused of 'playing for himself' as Graeme Souness launches new attack on "selfish" Man United star https://t.co/rOimXDGaNT https://t.co/PyGIlMjr7Y

Despite this, he easily ranks among United's top players, so the club will battle hard to keep hold of him this season.