The agent of Manchester United standout Paul Pogba last night less-than-subtly suggested that his client is keen to move back to Juventus this summer.
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Rumours surrounding the future of Red Devils star man Pogba were rife for the whole of last summer.
On the back of a hit-and-miss campaign last time out, during which the Frenchman again proved himself to be one of the most infuriatingly-inconsistent players in world football, Pogba was heavily-targeted by the United faithful on the final day of the season:
As such, the growing tension between the 26-year-old and the Red Devils, coupled with Real Madrid’s public chase of a superstar midfield addition, resulted in Pogba being hotly-tipped to make a move to the Bernabeu.
The former Juventus man’s agent, Mino Raiola, meanwhile, added fuel to the fire regarding a potential summer exit from Old Trafford for his client back in July, in admitting:
‘Everyone within the club from the manager to the owner knows Paul’s wishes.’
‘Everyone knows the willingness of Paul to move on. We are in the process of that. Everyone knows what the feelings of Paul are.’
In the end, however, upon the European transfer deadline passing in September, Pogba remained a Manchester United player.
This has not, though, put an end to the speculation surrounding his future.
Reports stemming from Spain late last year pushed the suggestion that the World Cup winner is still angling for a move away from Old Trafford.
The fact that Pogba has made just 2 appearances since September, meanwhile, amid persistent fitness issues, has done little to dampen such claims.
And, if the latest comments of Mino Raiola are anything to go by, then one club in particular may be in with a genuine shot of finally prising Pogba away from Manchester at the end of the season.
The outfit in question? The Frenchman’s former side, Juventus.
Speaking to reporters on the back of the Bianconeri’s 1-1 Coppa Italia stalemate with AC Milan last night, Mino Raiola was drawn on the possibility of Pogba returning for a 2nd stint with the Italian champions.
And the super-agent was typically open with his response, explaining:
‘Italy is like home for Paul. He would not mind going back to Juve but we will see what will happen after the Euros.’
‘Paul wants to play at the best level but he can’t escape by Manchester United if they are in a difficult situation.’
Quotes via Goal