LIVERPOOL’S SALAH SNUB
Liverpool are reportedly set to prioritise a new contract for Virgil van Dijk over Mohamed Salah in a sign of the forward’s standing at the club.
Eurosportreports that while Salah is looking for a new deal to secure his future at Anfield, van Dijk is Liverpool’s future is the more pressing topic at the club.
Van Dijk is locked up already until 2025 while Salah is contracted until the summer of 2023, but the club is refusing to be pressured into giving him a new deal.
Van Dijk is currently aiming to return from a cruciate knee ligament injury with the plan to announce his new contact in the summer.
Eurosport adds that van Dijk’s new contract would surpass Salah’s (£200,000-a-week) to make him the club’s highest earner.
Salah had suggested at the possibility of moving to Barcelona or Real Madrid earlier in the season and on Monday only increased speculation surrounding his future.
It came after he was asked about his plans for the future in an interview with a Norwegian TV channel, stating: “I don’t know. If you ask me, I say I want to stay here as long as I can, but as I’ve said before, it’s in the club’s hands.”
MAN UTD TO DELAY CALL ON POGBA
There will be no final decision made on Paul Pogba’s future until after the current PL season, with Manchester United instead wisely opting to put all of their focus on the title race according to theDaily Mail.
Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola claimed his client was unhappy at the Red Devils in an interview back in December and that he would like to leave in the January transfer window.
“I can say that it’s over for Paul Pogba at Manchester United,” Raiola said to Tuttosport.
“Paul is unhappy with Man United as he is no longer able to express himself in the way that he would like and as he is expected to. Paul needs a new team, a change of air.”
However, the Frenchman has constantly reiterated in recent weeks just how happy he is at the surging PL club
Pogba clarified earlier in December that he was “1000% involved” and that “all has been clear between the club and myself and that will never change.”
Pogba linked up with Manchester United on a record signing of just under £90 million ($A161m) in 2016.
His attacking brilliance has proven crucial to United’s success and Gary Neville believes Pogba is the key to their title hopes.
“I think Manchester United’s chances of winning this league are slim – Liverpool and Man City are still the best two teams in this league,” he said on the Gary Neville Podcast.
“But the slim chance they have to win this league will depend on something like Paul Pogba delivering a cameo of two or three months of brilliance, which he is capable of.
“He’s got confidence, he’s got arrogance – good arrogance, in a sense that he believes in himself. He thinks he should be playing in the biggest games in the world, and winning titles, and thinking positive thoughts, thinking you’re the best is a big thing when you’re looking to win.”
MBAPPE MULLING OVER PSG FUTURE
Kylian Mbappe says he is still “thinking about” whether to agree to a new contract at Paris Saint-Germain, with the France superstar’s existing deal set to expire at the end of next season.
“We are in discussions with the club to try to find a suitable project. I said I was thinking about it because I think that…if I sign it would have to be a long-term commitment to Paris Saint-Germain,” Mbappe told TV channel Telefoot after Friday’s 4-0 win over Montpellier in Ligue 1.
“I am very happy here. I have always been very happy. The supporters and the club have always helped me and for that alone I will always be grateful.
“But I want to think about what I want to do in the coming years, where I want to be. That’s what I am reflecting on.” Mbappe, who turned 22 in December, joined PSG from Monaco in a blockbuster 180 million-euro ($219m) transfer in 2017.
He chose to join his hometown team rather than Real Madrid but the Spanish giants have continued to court him ever since.
Last month PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi said he was “very confident” Mbappe and Neymar — who is also out of contract in 2022 — would sign new terms.
“I will need to make a decision soon but I am thinking about it,” Mbappe added after scoring twice in the win over Montpellier.
“If I had the answer today I would say so. This is not about buying time. For example, I don’t want to sign a contract and then leave a year later. If I sign it would be to stay here.”