Juventus legend Alessio Tacchinardi has branded Manchester United "absurd" for letting Paul Pogba leave Old Trafford, claiming the midfielder has exploded into a world-class player and is now worth in excess of €80 million.
Goal.com carries quotes from the ex-Italy international in an interview with Corriere dello Sport, heaping praise on the former Red Devils scholar, and even likened the 21-year-old talent to the great Zinedine Zidane.
Pogba has excelled during the past two seasons in Turin helping Juventus win back-to-back Serie 'A' titles, making his free transfer exit from Old Trafford even more difficult for Manchester United fans to accept.
Sir Alex Ferguson's reluctance to hand the now fully established France international a run of regular games prompted his departure in 2012, which supporters of the Premier League giants regret given their side's current lack of central midfield options.
And, Tacchinardi has stuck the boot in further after paying a glowing tribute to the Frenchman, stating his belief that Pogba will be one of the best midfielders in world football for the next ten years at least.
Alessio Tacchinardi quotes:
"Pogba is a pure diamond," he said. "He has grown up to become a devastating player. Ever since his first Juve game, I thought he was an extraordinary player.
"He has the ability to make the very complex appear so simple, dissolving tricky situations. Before watching Pogba, I had only observed four people with whom I had played like that: Juan Roman Riquelme at Villarreal, Zinedine Zidane and Alessandro Del Piero at Juventus, and Francesco Totti for Italy.
"There are some midfielders who define an era. This will be the age of Pogba, he is the prototype central midfielder that any coach would want as he can play offensively or defensively."
New Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal will rue the fact he missed out on the chance to work with Pogba at Old Trafford, and perhaps wouldn't have needed to break the British transfer record to sign Angel di Maria from Real Madrid in a blockbuster £59.7 million deal.
The Dutch coach has splashed close to £150 million on strengthening his Manchester United squad over the summer, bringing in further midfield reinforcements in the form of Ander Herrera and Daley Blind.
Asked specifically about what went through Manchester United's minds when allowing Pogba to depart two summers ago, Tacchinardi didn't mince his words when expressing what a huge mistake they made.
What were they thinking?
"It's absurd! Certain talents are just innate. Congratulations to Juve chief Giuseppe Marotta who bagged him on a free transfer. He would have exploded anywhere but the environment at Juve certainly helped.
"Keeping him this summer was a miracle, but keeping him for a long time would be an even bigger miracle.
"Juventus are perfect for him, but some clubs in Europe can offer absurd wages. I think someone like Paul Pogba is worth at least €80 million, but whoever signs him has their midfield sorted for a decade or more."
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