Andrea Pirlo has revealed his belief that teammate Paul Pogba won’t be returning to Manchester United anytime soon, due to the way he was treated there first time around.
Much has been made over the young Frenchman’s future past the end of this season, with virtually all of Europe’s superpowers ready to embark upon a war to land his signature. United have what some deem to be an advantage due to the fact that he has spent time at Old Trafford before, even though that stint ended acrimoniously.
Pogba was forced to seek pastures new after failing to pin down a first-team place when he considered himself ready in 2012, and Juve were all too happy to oblige. Now though, despite speculation suggesting that he could make a glorious return to Old Trafford, Pirlo has made it clear that he doesn’t think it’s possible.
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"All the interest in Pogba is of no surprise. When you put in great performances you get attention from the top clubs in Europe, it has always been that way," said Pirlo, according to the Daily Mail.
"He seems very happy at Juventus, I know he is focused on finishing the season with a lot of success. Whatever the future is for him I don't see it being Manchester United.
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"He didn't feel he was treated well there. I know that was under Sir Alex Ferguson and now there is a new coach, but I do not seeing him returning to a club where he was not treated well."
Since finding his feet in Turin Pogba has gone from strength to strength on the European scene, and it’s no wonder every man and his dog wants to try and tempt him away from the Juventus Stadium.
Spanish giants Real Madrid, French champions Paris Saint-Germain and moneybags Manchester City are all ready to launch blockbuster bids when the summer transfer window opens if reports are to be believed, whilst others such as Chelsea and Barcelona have registered at least some sort of interest.
Though, as Pirlo has already made abundantly clear, the chances of United successfully negotiating with both Juventus and Pogba are slim at best, there can be no doubting that Van Gaal won’t try his luck if he thinks there’s but a shred of a chance that a deal could come to reality.
The Red Devils have had mixed fortunes in the middle of the park this year, with Marouane Fellaini proving far more effective in an advanced position and usual metronome Michael Carrick struggling with injuries.
The acquisition of a player as influential as Pogba would no doubt give them a fantastic boost ahead of what looks certain now to be the season in which they return to the Champions League, and with Adidas' sponsorship deal set to kick in imminently they’ll have plenty of money to play with.
Meanwhile Pirlo himself is facing drastic changes in the near future. The veteran midfielder admitted recently he is contemplating perhaps moving to the MLS, although he confirmed he wouldn’t play for another Serie A team after Juventus.
Manchester United fans, is Sir Alex Ferguson to blame for Pogba’s exit? Or did he make the right move? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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