Thursday 22 February 2018

'He is fine at Juventus' - France legend expects Paul Pogba to reject £100m Man United move

Paul Pogba has been linked with a return to Manchester United
Paul Pogba has been linked with a return to Manchester United
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

France legend Marcel Desailly is convinced Paul Pogba will reject any offer to make a return to Manchester United this summer, a he predicted the £100m-rated midfielder will remain at Juventus.

United are believed to be willing to pay a world record transfer fee to sign Pogba this summer, with Juventus reluctant to part with the player they signed back in 2012 after he left the Old Trafford club on a free transfers.

New United boss Jose Mourinho has made Pogba his top target, yet 1998 World Cup winner Desailly has claimed the 23-year-old would be wise to remain at Juventus.

“Who is going to give him more than what he has at the moment,” asked Desailly in an interview with The Sun. “They have given him a new contract, he is winning everything at Juventus, there’s no real pressure.

“Money? He has a couple of million, he has secured his life with the contract that he has. It’s not like it’s an emergency for him where he has to move. He has time.

“Italy is fine. From the outside it doesn’t seem as though it is very attractive, but once you are used to being there, playing there – they have a nice stadium a great organisation.

“You have seen already that last season he rejected a lot of offers because he is fine at Juventus. I am sure he is going to stay another year.

“He will become the best midfielder in the world. At the meantime he is just someone who has amazing potential.

“Remember he is 23, he needs time, but he has shown so much capacity and ability you would like to see him go on and become a top player in the world.

“A player doesn’t feel the pressure of playing just because of the fee. You don’t think about the fee a club is willing to pay.”

Real Madrid have made it clear that they will not match the lavish price tag United are willing to pay for Pogba, so the decision will be made by the player and his outspoken agent Mino Raiola in the coming days. 

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