Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confident David De Gea will soon sign new contract with Man United

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident that David De Gea will soon sign a new contract with Manchester United.

PA understands that the Old Trafford giants have offered the 28-year-old a new and improved deal in an attempt to finally agree upon a contract extension.

Negotiations with De Gea failed to bring a resolution last season, with demands around the deal holding things up despite the goalkeeper’s apparent desire to remain at a club he joined from Atletico Madrid in 2011.

The situation is becoming more pressing as the Spain international is out of contract next summer, with Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Real Madrid – a club he was so close to joining in 2015 – reported to be among the interested parties.

Asked about De Gea’s situation, United boss Solskjaer said: “David has had a summer now where he’s been negotiating and thinking about his contract, so we hope that we’re going to get it sorted soon.

“I’m positive. Of course, with David, I’ve said many times how lucky I am and how happy we are to have him in the goal, so we hope he stays here for many years.”

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Paul Pogba "respectful and professional" with Man United despite desire to leave, says agent

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Mino Raiola insists Paul Pogba has been “respectful and professional” with Manchester United despite his desire to leave the club this summer.

Pogba, United’s record signing, has travelled with the squad to Australia to kick-off their pre-season tour.

That is despite the fact Raiola, the player’s agent, said last week that everyone at Old Trafford is aware that Pogba wants to leave and that he was “in the process” of arranging a move for the midfielder.

Now Raiola has defended his client while questioning why United have not spoken out against criticism of the France international.

“The player has done nothing wrong, he has been respectful and professional in every way,” Raiola said in a statement released to talkSPORT.

“The club knows his feeling for a long time, it is a shame other people only like to criticise without the right information and I’m also sorry that the club does not take any position against this.

“Hopefully there will soon be a satisfying solution for all parties.”

Pogba trained with his United team-mates in Australia as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side got their pre-season tour under way earlier on Tuesday.

Three years after returning to Old Trafford in what was a world-record deal, the 26-year-old admitted during the off-season that this “could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else.”

Solskjaer’s men arrived in Perth on Monday and went on a walkaround, where footage of a supposed argument between Pogba and Jesse Lingard caused ripples.

But the pair worked alongside one another as United’s first session in Australia got under way at the WACA on Tuesday, when new boys Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James formed part of the group.

Solskjaer has plenty of questions to answer regarding his squad when he faces the media for the first time in a press conference on Wednesday.

One line of enquiry is likely to be whether the club will launch a firm offer to sign Mario Lemina from Southampton.

PA understands United, as well as Arsenal and Leicester, have expressed an interest in Lemina, who played alongside Pogba at Juventus for the 2015/16 season.

Signed from the Serie A side two years ago, the 25-year-old looks set to leave St Mary’s this summer after a stop-start time on the south coast.

None of the Premier League trio have been willing to meet Southampton’s valuation as of yet.

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Wantaway star Paul Pogba trains with his Man United team-mates in Australia

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Wantaway star Paul Pogba trained with his Manchester United team-mates in Australia as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side got their pre-season tour under way.

Three years after returning to Old Trafford in what was a world-record deal, the 26-year-old is under the spotlight as talk grows around a summer exit.

Pogba admitted during the off-season that this “could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else” – comments compounded by his agent Mino Raiola saying that he was “in the process” of arranging a move for the midfielder.

Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid and former club Juventus have been strongly linked with a move for the World Cup winner, who was the focus of the cameras during United’s first session since arriving in Australia.

Solskjaer’s men arrived in Perth on Monday and went on a walkaround, where footage of a supposed argument between Pogba and Jesse Lingard caused ripples.

But the pair worked alongside one another as United’s first session in Australia got under way at the WACA on Tuesday, when new boys Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James formed part of the group.

Romelu Lukaku also took part in training, with Inter Milan circling around a player that, much like Pogba, appears keen to leave Old Trafford.

Solskjaer has plenty of questions to answer regarding his squad when he faces the media for the first time in a press conference on Wednesday.

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