Paul Pogba teased Juventus supporters as he refused to rule out a return to Turin following France’s dramatic 3-2 victory over Belgium in their UEFA Nations League semi-final.
Pogba returned to Manchester United in 2016 following a scintillating four years at Juve, during which he established himself as one of the world’s leading midfielders. The Frenchman notched 74 goal contributions in 178 Juventus appearances and claimed eight pieces of silverware, including four Scudetti, with the club.
The Frenchman started Les Blues’ Nations League clash with Belgium on Thursday night that was played at the Allianz Stadium. After falling two goals behind, France staged a thrilling second-half comeback with AC Milan’s Theo Hernandez scoring a late winner.
Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, has perpetually flirted with the prospect of his client leaving Manchester United. Despite his obvious talent, the maverick midfielder’s certainly divided opinion during his stint in the Premier League and his current contract at Old Trafford expires at the end of the season.
However, a recent report from L’Equipe (via Football365) stated that Pogba has told those close to him that he intends to renew with United.
As for Juventus, TuttomercatoWeb wrote last month that the Bianconeri have other ideas in the transfer window and Pogba isn’t in the club’s plans. That report came in the wake of Raiola saying there was “a chance” the Frenchman returns to Juventus.
Pogba fuels the fire
Despite the recent speculation suggesting Pogba will sign a new deal with United, the French midfielder refused to rule out a Piedmontese reunion.
He told reporters after France’s victory over Belgium: “I like Torino [laughs]! I always speak with former Juve teammates like [Paulo] Dybala. I’m in Manchester now, I’m under contract until June.
“Then let’s see. I want to complete this season at my best level, then we will see,” he added (via Football365).
Pogba also told beIN Sports’ Adriano Del Monte that “this” (implying the Allianz Stadium) was his “home”.
While a reunion with the former Bianconeri superstar is undoubtedly an exciting prospect, it still seems incredibly unlikely. Even if Juve can pick Pogba up on a free next summer, the move would totally go against the club’s altered transfer policy. The Frenchman’s wage demands will also cripple Juve financially in a time of uncertainty.
You also have to consider Pogba and Raiola merely fueling the fire for the sole purpose of garnering a more lucrative contract offer from United.
Don’t hold your breath, Juventini.