Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has confessed that he still loves Manchester United, two-and-a-half years after leaving Old Trafford.
The Red Devils are one of several clubs keen to secure Pogba’s services this summer - and the France international admits he still has strong feelings for his former employers.
These latest quotes have emerged eight months after Pogba conducted an interview with the BBC and admitted he thanks Manchester United “every day” for helping him throughout the early stages of his development.
Pogba: I love Manchester United
Speaking to FourFourTwo about his final months at Old Trafford, Pogba admitted: "I’m impatient. It was the feeling that I had.
"The coach had faith in me, but didn’t put me on.
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"He said that I was too young. He said: ‘Your time will come'.
“It didn’t come. But it doesn’t mean I will speak ill of Manchester United. I love the club.”
Another boost for United
Pogba’s revelation will come as a huge boost to United boss Louis van Gaal, who is one of several managers hoping to strike a deal to sign Pogba this summer.
It comes a day after Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, confirmed his star client’s stay at the Juventus Stadium is unlikely to be a long one.
"He cannot stay for very much longer in Italy," Raiola told reporters. "It will depend on the Bianconeri. We extended his contract and we are happy that we did so.
"But when it is the right time to leave, we will inform them. I don’t know when that moment will be."
Blow for other interested clubs
While Manchester United will be increasingly optimistic about their chances of re-signing Pogba - who would cost in excess £70 million to buy - the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Real Madrid will regard this latest development as a crushing blow to their hopes of landing the world-class central midfielder.
It was reported earlier today that European champions Real Madrid are lining up a staggering €100 million offer for the 21-year-old, while Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City have all been strongly linked with the Juventus star over recent weeks and months.
Juve, however, are under no obligation to sell for a player price than they feel Pogba is worth. The Italian champions, who are bidding to win a fourth straight Scudetto, tied the Frenchman down to a new five-year deal in October - keeping him tied to the Juventus Stadium until 2019.