Pogba extends Juventus contract

The Turin club confirmed that the midfielder will extend his stay at the Scudetto holders, ignoring reported interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid

Paul Pogba has extended his contract at Juventus until 2019, the club has confirmed, snubbing interest from Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.

The France international has blossomed into one of the highest-rated central midfielders in Europe since he left Manchester United for Turin two years ago.

His performances under Antonio Conte – and now Massimiliano Allegri – had reportedly caught the eye of the likes of PSG and Madrid in the past, but Juve have moved to tie down the 21-year-old for a further three years.

Club CEO Giuseppe Marotta told shareholders at Friday’s meeting: “This morning we agreed the renewal of Paul Pogba, who will be tied to Juventus until 2019.”

Marotta: @paulpogba has just renewed his contract with us until 2019.

— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) October 24, 2014

Prior to the confirmation, Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola had revealed that the Frenchman was on the brink of putting pen to paper on a deal after agreeing to stay with the Scudetto holders.

“Yes, we met with Giuseppe Marotta and together we decided to renew Paul’s deal,” Raiola told Tuttosport.

“Now is the time to get it done, we’re delighted that this situation has presented itself.”

Pogba’s previous contract was set to run out in June 2016, when Pogba will be poised to star for France in Euro 2016 in his homeland.

Robben: There is no chance I'll leave Bayern

The former Real Madrid winger says he is perfectly settled at the Allianz Arena and is not convinced he is in the form of his life at present

Arjen Robben says there “is not even a one per cent” chance of him leaving Bayern Munich in the foreseeable future.

The Dutchman is rated among the very best players in the footballing world having fired the Bavarians to the Champions League in 2013 and played a starring role in their record-breaking 2013-14 campaign.

His success at the Allianz Arena means he feels perfectly settled and the 30-year-old is adamant he has no desire to move on from Pep Guardiola’s side.

“I am 30 now, it is not like I want to go to a new league,” Robben told The Daily Telegraph. “I have been in England, I have been in Spain, so I don’t have that desire, but that is all to do with the club I am with now.

“I am 100 per cent convinced I will stay here for a very long time. I am enjoying it so much in Germany. It is the perfect club with the perfect coach for me.

“My family is happy, we have lived here for five years and I am exactly at the place I want to be. It cannot be better than it is at the moment, so you don’t need to have thoughts about other clubs and other leagues.

“If you see me again in three years in the Premier League, then who knows, but at the moment, there is not even one per cent of me thinking about going to England or anywhere.”

Many believe the 30-year-old is in the prime of his already-illustrious career, but the former Real Madrid and Chelsea winger is unsure if his lack of injuries have accentuated his quality.

“People asked me last season, and during the World Cup, whether this was the best I have been in my career, but I don’t know sometimes,” he added.

“I don’t get that kind of feeling, but maybe it is for others on the outside to judge. It is maybe more noticeable now because I am playing well over a longer period.

“Before, I would do well for three or four months, maybe play even better, but then there would be an injury and you have to come back again. But now, being fit continually, I can keep my level and that means you can enjoy your football more.”

Robben starred in midweek for Bayern as they thrashed Champions League group-stage rivals Roma 7-1 in Italy and the attacker believes it may have been the best performance since he arrived in Germany from Real Madrid five years ago.

“Everything we did Roma didn’t have an answer for and, yes, we scored some great goals too,” he continued. “Everybody expected a difficult game, but it was remarkable, also for Roma and their fans.

“It was one big surprise because, after 35 minutes, it was already 5-0, which was quite impressive I think. Maybe it is the best we have played, but we have had so many great games, especially the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona, home and away, in 2013.”

Bayern are back in action on Sunday with a trip to second-placed Borussia Monchengladbach, who could reduce the deficit at the top of the Bundesliga to one point with a win.