In the world of football, two prominent names have recently captured headlines and Bernardo Silva's latest contract with Manchester City has unveiled an unexpected release clause, while Paul Pogba finds himself entangled in a web of troubles, including a doping suspension and a series of career setbacks.
Bernardo Silva's New Man City Contract Reveals Surprising Release Clause"
In a surprising turn of events, Bernardo Silva's recent contract extension with Manchester City unveiled a clause that has caught the attention of football enthusiasts worldwide, As reported by 'Mundo Deportivo,' the Portuguese midfielder has included a €58 million release clause, sparking speculation about a possible move to Barcelona.
For the second consecutive summer, Bernardo Silva found his name linked with top European clubs, most notably Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona, Despite the persistent rumors, Silva decided to remain loyal to Manchester City, even going so far as to extend his contract with the English champions until 2026.
However, the intriguing possibility of him donning the colors of Barcelona still looms, thanks to an unexpected clause buried within his contract extension.
According to 'Mundo Deportivo,' Bernardo Silva took the initiative to include a release clause set at approximately €58.5 million, This figure is notably reasonable, particularly given Barcelona's well-documented financial woes in recent years.
In a twist of fate, just this summer, Manchester City was reportedly demanding an eye-watering €80 million for the services of the Lisbon-born player, This stark contrast in valuation between the Premier League giants and the Catalan club adds an exciting layer to the ongoing transfer saga surrounding one of football's brightest talents, Bernardo Silva's future remains uncertain, but this new contract clause has certainly fueled the flames of speculation, Football fans worldwide will be watching closely to see how this intriguing story unfolds.
Paul Pogba's Troubles Deepen with Doping Suspension and Career Setbacks"
Once hailed as the world's most expensive footballer, French star Paul Pogba finds himself plummeting to a new low in his career, marred by a provisional suspension due to a doping violation.
Pogba's second stint at Juventus has been tumultuous, marked by injuries and a bizarre blackmail plot involving his own brother, casting a shadow over what was expected to be his resurgence.
Italy's anti-doping authority, NADO, made a shocking revelation on Monday, disclosing that the 30-year-old Pogba displayed elevated levels of testosterone in a post-match test following Juventus' season-opening victory against Udinese, a game in which he didn't even participate.
Subsequently, Pogba has been relegated to the substitute bench for Juve's two other Serie A matches, Despite a thigh injury sustained against Empoli earlier this month, he could have potentially featured in the recent match against Lazio, had it not been for the latest blow to his career.
This doping revelation comes on the heels of an interview with Al Jazeera, where Pogba expressed his determination to silence his critics, He defiantly stated, "I want to show them I'm not weak, They can talk bad about me, I will never give up."
Since his return to Juventus as a free agent from Manchester United in July the previous year, Pogba has started just one match, a far cry from the expectations that accompanied his move back to the Turin giants, who paid a then-world record fee of 105 million euros to acquire him, boasting four Italian league titles.
Initially seen as a career rejuvenation, Pogba's return was marred by a severe knee injury sustained during pre-season, His decision to forgo surgery in an attempt to be fit for the Qatar World Cup ultimately backfired, dashing his hopes of aiding France in defending their world title and adding further complexity to his club campaign, Notably, Pogba played a pivotal role in France's 2018 World Cup triumph in Russia, scoring in their 4-2 victory over Croatia in the final, However, he hasn't featured for his national team since a friendly win over South Africa in March of the following year.
From the zenith of his career, Pogba has steadily descended into a mire of injuries and personal struggles, openly acknowledging the corrosive impact of exorbitant wealth on top footballers, He lamented, "Money changes people, It can break up a family, It can create a war."
Pogba's personal life took a dark turn when, a month after his knee injury, his brother Mathias released a video threatening to expose secrets about him, French investigators were later informed of an incident where he was held at gunpoint by childhood friends and two hooded men armed with assault rifles, They berated him for not offering financial assistance and demanded 13 million euros, Pogba ultimately paid 100,000 euros of the sum, This traumatic episode left him with a profound lesson: "The only people who can hurt are the people who are close to you."
Pogba now faces an anxious wait for the results of his 'B' sample, with the specter of a potential four-year ban looming over a player whose life has transformed into a nightmarish saga of highs and lows.