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Pogba's future is far from certain.

Massimiliano Allegri: Paul Pogba should stay at Juventus to win the Champions League

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The transfer saga revolving around Paul Pogba has become somewhat exhausting.

With the Frenchman tight-lipped over the whole situation, it's impossible to predict whether he will stay at Juventus or decide on a return to Manchester United.

One way or another, the day Pogba's future is officially decided will be a glorious one.

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United - and Jose Mourinho - retain hope that football's first £100 million deal will be struck before their Community Shield clash with Leicester City next month, while Juventus believe the lure of Champions League football for another term is reason enough to remain in Turin.

That's what manager Massimiliano Allegri thinks anyway.

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According to the Mirror, per Gazzetta dello Sport, the Italian considers Juve as one of European football's top four clubs and hopes Pogba will stay to win the Champions League.

He said: “I am calm about the English rumours.

“Anyone who has the opportunity to leave Juventus has to consider things very carefully, because right now Juve are among the top four European clubs.

“This is not a selling club that just lets its players go.

"Pogba belongs to Juve and at the end of the day he too will want to win another Scudetto and hopefully the Champions League.”

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It's not just English rumours that Allegri shoud be concerned about, though, with Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane a big fan of his compatriot.

"I'm very happy with the squad I have available. It's difficult to improve," Zidane began, per Sky Sports.

"Do I like Pogba? Of course, he's a very good player and every club wants the best players, but right now he's at Juve and we have a large squad already.

"There are still lots of players yet to join up with the squad and with the Euros going on we couldn't do anything. We have three games coming up and that's the focus at the moment."

Furthermore, according to Spanish outlet AS, Los Blancos have contacted Pogba's agent, Mino Raiola, and asked him to hold fire on any deal involving the 23-year-old.

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This contradicts previous reports that Real had ruled themselves out of the race to sign him, instead suggesting they're still in the hunt.

As mentioned, Pogba insists on staying quiet on the matter but that hasn't stopped journalists from trying to break him.

In a recent interview with ESPN, the France international was cheekily asked to pick between Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus shirts - but he kept his cool.

"That's my team, my family, where I am playing. I am very comfortable," he said, pointing at Juve's strip.

Real's strip was then placed in front of him, to which he replied: "A great club," before adding, "It was my first family," when discussing United's top.

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Wayne Rooney
Paul Pogba
Real Madrid
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Cristiano Ronaldo
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