The France midfielder sparked talk of a new contract at Old Trafford or a move elsewhere with his initial post on Tuesday
Paul Pogba has put fans out of their misery following his cryptic social media post on Tuesday – announcing he has signed for Verdansk FC in the war-torn fictional country of Kastovia, as part of a promotion for Call of Duty: Warzone Season 5.
Pogba made waves on Twitter on Tuesday with a teasing tweet which some thought signalled he was set to sign a new contract at Manchester United.
— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) August 11, 2020
The midfielder later clarified that the post had nothing to do with football – though it turns out that wasn’t completely true.
Pogba has confirmed the next step in his career will see him sign for a non-existent club in a non-existent country – whose brand-new National Acropolis Arena serves as one of the game’s new locations in Season 5.
— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) August 12, 2020
While plenty saw the funny side of Pogba’s tease, some weren’t so amused – while others pointed out the similarity to a recent stunt from Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez, whose promise of a “new club” turned out to be the creation of a youth team in his home town of Alicante.
I thought you signed for an another team pic.twitter.com/QGHg6yd8t9
— Tяυsτ №¹-Yahya™ (@RealistYahz) August 12, 2020
Parenthood ended with Paul. Now Florentin is my favourite son
— Pøgba Senior (@TheSaItIsHere) August 12, 2020
— ~David~ (@DaviiMufc) August 12, 2020
What is this Paul? pic.twitter.com/1GTBQOKqR1
— Dean (@UtdDeano) August 12, 2020
You Saul’d us ffs
— Ché (@UtdChe) August 12, 2020
With Verdansk apparently able to splash the cash on World Cup-winning midfielders, it remains to be seen whether any more real-world players will put pen to paper and head to Kastovia – and what sort of presence such figures will have within the game.
For now, Pogba remains their only player, though presumably a deal has been struck to allow him to complete United’s ongoing Europa League campaign.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are recuperating after being taken to extra-time in their recent quarter-final clash with Copenhagen, with Bruno Fernandes’ penalty eventually enough to see them through.
They will face perennial Europa League winners Sevilla in their semi-final on Sunday, after the Spanish side edged past Wolves.
Despite the somewhat anticlimactic conclusion to Pogba’s recent posts, fans will still be holding out hopes of seeing the Frenchman commit to fresh terms.
Recent reports have suggested United are ready to reopen negotiations over a new contract once their Europa League campaign is complete.