Italian football giants Juventus have denied recent claims that they are in talks with Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba over a new contract. The French international has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford, with his current contract set to expire at the end of the 2021-22 season. However, Juventus have now released a statement refuting these claims.
The statement from Juventus reads: “Regarding the rumours of negotiations for the renewal of Paul Pogba’s contract, Juventus Football Club S.p.A. clarifies that it is not true.” This comes as a surprise to many, as Pogba spent four successful seasons at Juventus between 2012 and 2016, winning four Serie A titles and reaching the Champions League final in 2015.
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Pogba’s future at Manchester United has been the subject of much speculation in recent months. With rumours linking him with a return to Juventus or a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid. The midfielder has been in excellent form for United this season. Scoring six goals and providing six assists in 27 Premier League appearances.
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Despite this, Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, has been vocal about his client’s desire to leave Manchester United in search of a new challenge. Raiola recently Italian outlet Rai Sport: “I can say that it’s over for Paul Pogba at Manchester United.” However, these latest comments from Juventus suggest that the Italian side may not be the Frenchman’s next destination.
Juventus are currently undergoing a period of transition, with the club struggling to replicate their success of recent seasons. The Turin side have won just two of their last six Serie A matches. Leaving them fifth in the table and 10 points behind league leaders Inter Milan. The club recently parted ways with manager Andrea Pirlo, replacing him with former boss Massimiliano Allegri.
Despite their recent struggles, Juventus remain one of the biggest clubs in world football. Their denial of the Pogba contract claims will come as a blow to the midfielder’s suitors. With Manchester United reportedly keen to tie Pogba down to a new long-term contract. The 28-year-old may have to put his desire for a new challenge on hold for the time being.
While it remains to be what the future holds for Paul Pogba. One thing is certain: his performances on the pitch. Will continue to attract attention from some of the biggest clubs in world football. With his contract set to expire at the end of the season. Manchester United will be keen to keep hold of their star midfielder. While Pogba himself will no doubt be weighing up his options.