Andrea Pirlo says Juventus players laughed at Man United for selling Pogba

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It is still hard to believe Manchester United have paid £89 million to bring a player back to the club after letting him go for a nominal fee just four years previously.

Paul Pogba was an obvious young talent back in 2012 but a dispute between Sir Alex Ferguson and Mino Raiola pushed the player out of Old Trafford and towards Serie A.

The 23-year-old is now back in Manchester, however, Andrea Pirlo has revealed how the Juventus players couldn't believe their luck when Pogba first arrived in Turin.

Pirlo, who was still in his pomp during a four-year stint at the Old Lady, recalled Pogba's first training session at the club and remembers how he reacted to the youngster's introduction to life in Italy.

The former Italian international said, as per the Daily Mail: "On the first day training session Pogba had with Juventus the players were laughing.

"We were not laughing for any other reason than we were just in total disbelief that this player with so much obvious ability was able to leave a club the size of Manchester United for free – and I think Juventus are still laughing.

"I will always remember the first day he trained at Juventus. He was only young, but we could see he was special.

"We were walking back to the dressing room after the session and I clearly remember Gianluigi Buffon coming up to me laughing and he just said: ‘Did they really let him go for free?’"

Even though United have been able to lure their main transfer target back to the Premier League, Pirlo has urged his old club not to be too disheartened at losing their star man.

The Italian champions are thought to have paid £300,000 as compensation for the young midfielder, who has more than repaid them with four domestic titles, two Italian Cups and not forgetting their runners-up finish in the 2015 Champions League.

Pirlo added: "I am not saying that Juventus will have wanted to let him go, they wouldn't — but things have worked out pretty well for them.

"They signed a player of his quality for no money, he was a big part of them winning trophies in four seasons, and they then sell him for £90m.

"Whatever way you look at it, Juventus have got a great deal."

The 37-year-old is still plying his trade alongside Frank Lampard for New York City in the MLS.

He would have seen plenty of exciting teenagers come and go during his glittering career spanning 21 years, but has hailed Pogba as the best of them all.

"He is the best young player I have ever seen, and I don't think we are far away from calling him the best player in the world. It has been between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for many years now, but football should get ready for a new king," Pirlo continued.

As if Pogba didn't have enough weight on his shoulders after becoming the world's most expensive player, he must now try to live up to another great midfielder's expectations - no pressure then!

Paul Pogba
Manchester United
Gianluigi Buffon
Premier League
Serie A

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