Seen as one of the most in-demand players in the world, Paul Pogba is a genuine superstar of the modern game. His time at Manchester United has been momentarily successful, though the major trophies of the Premier League and UEFA Champions League have comfortably evaded him. Arriving in the summer of 2016, Pogba is now in a position where his contract is up in the summer and could see him move on for nothing – a far cry from the then-record fee paid for the Frenchman.
Pogba, who was a star turn in France’s 3-2 win over Belgium, was keen to make clear that he has his eyes set on the present. However, the 28-year-old has been heavily linked with a Bosman move to either Real Madrid or Juventus. Having already played for the Turin side, Pogba was keen to stress that he remains in contact with many of his former Juve teammates.
With Juve looking to go through a major rebuild, and with former coach Max Allegri back at the helm, Pogba could see an arrival at Juventus as a potential second coming. The World Cup winner has already been at Old Trafford twice; why not do the same with Juve?
And with some rumours that Juventus could be in the market for gluttony of stars in the next transfer windows, Pogba could pick the ideal time to move back to a star-studded giant of the game. United are keen to tie the player down to a new contract, too, but some post-game comments from Pogba probably point to him moving on.
Having been non-committal on a new deal for some time, even pushing to exit the club a few times, there is a likely exit in the future.
What did Paul Pogba say about his future?
After playing a key role in France turning around their UEFA Nations League semi-final with Belgium, Pogba spoke after the game to Sport Mediaset. Speaking to the Italian media group after the game, the United midfielder noted: “I always talk with my former teammates at Juventus, [Juan] Cuadrado, [Paulo] Dybala… Now I’m a Man Utd player, I still have a year on my contract, then we will see. I want to finish the season well there, then we’ll see.”
Pogba has never been shy in noting just how much his time in Turin has done for him from a professional and personal perspective. He also noted that “of course” he feels good when visiting Turin again. For that reason, it would be hard to see Pogba ignoring a chance to return to the club where he truly made his name.
It was at Juve, where he arrived as a youngster, where Pogba made his France debut and won his first professional trophies. Despite not winning the Champions League there, he did take part in the Final. With United, he has not even got close. Could a second spell in Turin, then, be on the cards for one of the stars of the first Allegri era?