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Juventus star reveals Arsenal and Chelsea interest

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Juventus star Paul Pogba has claimed he was subject to interest from Premier League duo Arsenal and Chelsea during the summer.

The highly-rated Frenchman, who left Manchester United to join the Old Lady in July 2012, enjoyed an impressive debut season in Serie A and was linked with a further switch prior to the close of the transfer window. 

With a whole host of teams believed to be interested in obtaining the 20-year-old's services, it appeared as if Pogba would be destined to leave the club after just one solitary campaign. According to the midfielder, however, he never considered leaving Juve, despite hearing of interest from Premier League title hopefuls Arsenal and Chelsea. The former, it was reported, were willing to splash £17 million in order to entice Pogba to North London.

"Were there other clubs chasing me? Yes, but I had my mind only on Juventus," Pogba said in an interview with Sky Sports Italia that was reported by the Daily Express.

"At the time I heard of interest from Arsenal and Chelsea, and in Italy AC Milan, but there is no one like Juve.

"As for my future? I'm glad to be here. I want to win as many trophies as I can in this shirt," he added.

Juventus, who are under the management of controversial Italian Antonio Conte, have enjoyed a strong start to the new Serie A campaign, notching consecutive victories over Sampdoria and Lazio respectively. 

They return to action following the international break - in which Italy safely secured their passage through to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil - on Saturday with a keenly-anticipated clash against Inter Milan at the San Siro.

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