Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba insists he does not regret leaving Manchester United in 2012.
The France international, 22, left Old Trafford for the Old Lady three years ago after failing to cement a first-team place under former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
But Pogba has not looked back since, having won multiple honours with the Italian giants, including three consecutive Serie A titles. Victory over Barcelona this weekend, meanwhile, will see him lift the European Cup for the first time in his career.
When asked whether he feels he made the right decision, an emphatic Pogba told the Telegraph: “Yes, for sure, I am happy with how my time has gone in Turin.
“I don't regret it at all. I am very happy here and I enjoy it.”
Subtle dig at United?
Pogba then followed that up by making a comment some people might perceive to be a subtle dig in the direction of his former employers.
“I am in a Champions League final with Juventus, not Manchester, so things have worked out very well for me,” the classy midfielder added.
How Manchester United could do with a central midfielder of Pogba’s considerable quality today.
Ferguson’s failure to tie the Frenchman down to a long-term contract is now widely regarded as one of the biggest mistakes of his 26-year tenure at Old Trafford.
Currently the most in-demand footballer on the planet, Pogba has every top club on the planet competing for his signature, including Arsenal and Chelsea.
Pogba wants to join Barcelona or Real Madrid
It’s understood, unfortunately for Manchester United and their fellow English clubs, that Pogba has no desire to return to the Premier League. Instead, he wants to join either Barcelona or Real Madrid.
His preference is a move to the Camp Nou, but Barcelona are prohibited from registering new players until January 2016 due to their existing transfer ban. That doesn’t mean, though, that the Catalan giants won’t strike a deal to sign the player this summer.
But it leaves the door open for Real Madrid to lure Pogba to the Bernabeu, offering him the chance to become a first-team star with one of the world’s biggest football clubs from the start of the 2015-16 campaign.
Regardless of whether he joins Barcelona or Real Madrid, Pogba is destined to win a host of major honours - both team and individual - throughout his career.
Any every time he lifts a trophy, it will be another blow to his former employers who must wish things were handled differently in 2012.
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