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NO QUESTION, POG STAYS; BOSS IS CONFIDENT STAR WILL REMAIN AT OLD TRAFFORD.

OLE Gunnar Solskjaer is prepared for more conjecture surrounding Paul Pogba's future with the midfielder set to see out the season at United.

Pogba, 26, said in June it was 'maybe time for a new challenge' and on the eve of United's pre-season tour his agent Mino Raiola claimed he was 'in the process' of engineering a transfer for Pogba.

However, the Reds have not received a significant bid amid interest from Real Madrid and there has never been a realistic chance of Pogba leaving, since he is valued at around PS180m.

Pogba reiterated in the mixed zone after the win over Chelsea last week there was still a 'question mark' over his future.

After the first game of last season, the Frenchman contributed to the mounting uncertainty over his situation at Old Trafford by saying: "There are things I cannot say otherwise I will get fined."

Solskjaer suggested last month there was a 'media agenda' against Pogba, despite his and Raiola's public comments, and the Norwegian attempted to downplay Pogba's 'question mark' quote.

"You always put question marks around Paul anyway, don't you?" Solskjaer claimed.

"I don't think it's odd saying, 'I enjoy playing, I have fun with my team-mates, I enjoy what I'm doing, I love my job and I enjoy the game'.

"Of course, that sentence with the question mark about him, there's always question marks about Paul. There's not one press conference that I've not answered a question on Paul Pogba. But 80 per cent of what he said was that he enjoyed that game and his time here now.

"That (the other 20 per cent)'s the question mark. Is he questioning you or are you putting question marks on him? I've got absolutely no concerns on Paul. For me, he's going to stay."

Real Madrid offered a paltry PS27.4m and James Rodriguez for Pogba that was rejected by United last month.

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