Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba says he still loves Manchester United, despite leaving the club in somewhat acrimonious circumstances in 2012.
Pogba rejected the Red Devils’ offer to stay at Old Trafford due to a lack of first-team opportunities under Sir Alex Ferguson. However, the Frenchman has blossomed into one of the best midfielders in world football over the last two years, and United reportedly want him back.
The chances of a return to Old Trafford, however, appear slim after Pogba accused the Red Devils of disrespecting him during his final months with the Premier League giants. But the France international admitted in an interview with the BBC that he still has a soft spot for the club where he spent three years of his life.
“I love Man United,” he revealed. “I learned a lot there and they make me improve, and give me something to come here and play for Juventus.
“I thank Man United every day because I learned there, training with big players, which gave me experience to come here and get used to playing alongside big players like [Andrea] Pirlo, Arturo Vidal, [Claudio] Marchisio and [Gianluigi] Buffon.”
That the likes of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, along with Manchester United, have been strongly linked with the powerful 21-year-old - who is now valued at an astronomical €70m - comes as little surprise.
Pogba deserved picked up the coveted Golden Boy accolade - awarded to Europe’s best player under the age of 21 - last year and is poised to win the second Serie A title of his career next week. He will also be a key player for France at next month’s World Cup finals in Brazil.
Despite the speculation surrounding his future, Pogba revealed that he is content to stay put at the Juventus Stadium for a little while longer. He added: “Now I’m Juventus and I’m happy here.”
To listen to Pogba declare his love for Manchester United, click HERE and skip to 9.24 in the May 1 interview.