Paul Pogba has been convinced to stay at Manchester United until after the European Championships in 2021.
The France midfielder had been linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer.
Los Blancos have been tipped to make a cut-price move to the Santiago Bernabeu after hardly featuring at Old Trafford this season due to ongoing ankle problems.
Zinedine Zidane had been hoping to table a £70million bid for Pogba.
But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has used football’s current circumstances to his advantage and outmaneuvered the Frenchman.
The United manager has informed Pogba that he will play an integral role at the heart of midfield and will return to the starting XI after fully recovering from his injury during lockdown.
The Red Devils’ medical team have assessed the 27-year-old via a tailored fitness app and deemed him fully fit for when Premier League football resumes.
Solskjaer has convinced Pogba that he will form a potent partnership with Bruno Fernandes and take his place in the spine of the side as they bid for a spot in next season’s Champions League when football returns.
Mirror Football understands that Pogba, whose contract runs out in 2022, duly believes his immediate future is at Old Trafford.
Pogba, re-signed from Juventus for £89million in 2016, has also concluded that a big-money move will not go ahead for at least another year due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
United’s stature means they are forecast to weather the storm better than almost all rivals across Europe.
As such, they are unwilling to accept any cut-price bid for Pogba.
They would only be interested in cashing in if a nine-figure sum was on offer, which is likely to be unfeasible even for Real Madrid in the next transfer window.
It has also been by United that Pogba’s often outspoken agent, Mino Raiola, has adopted a lower profile – possibly on the Frenchman’s say so.
This is being seen as a sign from United top brass that Pogba is happy to continue at the club for the foreseeable future, while Solskjaer believes that he and Fernandes in tandem hold the key to bringing silverware to United.