Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has seemingly ruled out the possibility of a return to Manchester United o a switch to Chelsea in the near future, insisting that he's happy to remain with Juventus.
The French international has flourished since he joined the Italian giants in 2012, establishing a reputation as one of the best young players in Europe. He starred for his country at the World Cup in Brazil over the summer and is the current holder of the 'Goldenboy award', handed to the best young player in Europe every year.
Both Manchester United and Chelsea have been linked with attempts to prise Pogba from Juventus over the previous 12 months but so far they have been unsuccessful, and it doesn't look like anything will be changing soon.
Pogba joined Manchester United from Le Havre but left the club when his contract expired at Old Trafford two years ago, citing a lack of first team chances. His departure caused a stir at Manchester United, but the 21-year-old says there is a little chance that he'll make a return anytime soon.
“I have changed countries, but it’s not too different,” he said. "It’s almost the same except that it rains a bit more in Manchester.
“But I really feel at home here. The people have welcomed me very warmly and life is a bit like it is in France."
Pogba has been likened to former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder Patrick Vieira - however he wants to move out of the shadow of his illustrious countryman.
“For me, Vieira was a top player, a top midfielder,” he told Champions magazine. “I watched him a lot when I was younger.
“He was a leader who controlled the midfield, yet my goal is not to be like Vieira, but be Paul Pogba. I hope this good streak will keep going.
“I know that I have to work even harder, because the higher you play, the harder it gets. For great players, that’s where it’s the hardest - the toughest is yet to come. So far I am not at the top and I will do everything to get there. I must keep working hard to achieve my goal.”
Over the summer it seemed as though Chelsea were in the driving seat for his signature, and fuel was certainly added to the fire when Pogba was spotted near Stamford Bridge not long after France had been eliminated from the World Cup.
It was suggested that the talented youngster would cost somewhere in the region of £60 million, although ultimately neither Chelsea or Manchester United firmed up their interest and lodged a bid.
Indeed, Manchester United appeared to be more interested in his midfield partner Arturo Vidal. The Chilean was heavily linked with a switch to Old Trafford, however doubts over his history of knee troubles plus Juventus' high transfer demands put paid to that move.