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Antonio Conte: It was Paul Pogba's dream to return to Manchester United

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When Manchester United allowed Paul Pogba to leave in 2012, it looked as though they had let a potential world-class player go for good.

The Frenchman played just seven times for the Red Devils during his time at the club and was eventually allowed to leave at the end of his contract.

Antonio Conte, who was then manager of Juventus, snapped him up and Pogba soon established himself as one of the best young midfielders in Europe, winning the Serie A title in four consecutive seasons.

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His return to United may have surprised many - especially when you consider that United aren’t in the Champions League. However, Conte has revealed that it was always his ‘dream’ to move back to Manchester and prove himself a second time around.

"He was born in England in a football aspect and he came back," said Conte ahead of Chelsea's game against United this Sunday.

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"When we took him from Manchester United he was a fantastic player. He deserves it all.

"For him to come back to Man United was his dream. I wish for him only best - but only after the game."

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While Pogba returned to United this summer and will reunite with Conte on Sunday, there will also be another return this weekend.

That’s because Jose Mourinho will, of course, be going back to Stamford Bridge where he's had two spells as manager previously. The Portuguese boss was sacked on both occasions with him being dismissed last campaign with the club struggling in the league.

But Conte insists that the Special One deserves a hero's welcome in west London when the two sides clash.

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"He deserves a good reception because he wrote part of the Chelsea story with the players and the staff," Conte said.

"But after the whistle he becomes like the other players of Man United, an enemy in a sporting aspect."

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