Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has sent out a warning to Manchester United stating that French midfielder Paul Pogba “belongs to Juventus” and that the Turin club have aspirations of winning yet a another Scudetto and the Champions League. The old lady have been runners up a record six times in the Champions League, formerly the European Cup, winning the tournament twice in 1985 and 1996. Pogba has been linked with big money move back to Old Trafford, however is in demand with current European Champions Real Madrid pursuing him also.
Pogba left United in the summer of 2012 as he felt he should be playing first team football. He has risen to one of the top midfielders in Europe, but many will feel that the £100m price tag is too much for the player.
Allegri, who has been in charge of the Bianconeri since 2014, was bullish in his response regarding Pogba’s future and stated that Juventus aren’t a selling club:
“This is not a selling club that just lets its players go. Pogba belongs to Juve and at the end of the day he too will want to win another Scudetto and hopefully the Champions League. We have grown in terms of appeal and awareness of our own capabilities. So far our market this summer has been eight out of 10, bringing in players of international pedigree like Medhi Benatia, Dani Alves and Miralem Pjanic.”
The former AC Milan coach quashed the rumours regarding “English clubs” and took a swipe at the fact that United are without Champions League football, whilst stating that the Italian club are in fact among “top four European clubs” – despite being knocked out by Bayern Munich in the last 16 in the season just gone:
“I am calm about the English rumours. Anyone who has the opportunity to leave Juventus has to consider things very carefully, because right now Juve are among the top four European clubs.”
Former Manchester United centre half Rio Ferdinand has stated that although the fee is astronomical, Pogba will go on to be the best midfielder in the world over the next few years and could be the start of a “new generation” at United:
“I think €120million is a lot of money, for any player. You’d expect 40-plus goals per season for that figure. But Pogba is going to be the best midfielder in the world in the next couple of years. He is a leader, who will grow into an even better leader. He could be the start of a new generation of football at Manchester United, given that opportunity.
When he left United every player was saying ‘What the hell is going on?’ But he came to a decision to leave and sometimes these things happen in football. His self-belief in quitting United for Juventus showed his confidence in his ability — and that belief is actually a positive thing. It comes from a drive to improve himself.”