Paul Pogba was never close to Juventus return, says former director

Paul Pogba is entering the final year of his Manchester United contract and the France international’s future remains uncertain because links with Juventus, Real Madrid and PSG won’t go away.

The 28-year-old, who left United for Juventus in 2012 before pulling off a U-turn by returning to Old Trafford in 2016, has long been linked with a move away from Old Trafford.

Former Juventus director Fabio Paratici – currently working at Tottenham Hotspur — has downplayed speculation this summer after suggesting a deal would be “very difficult”. That’s presumably down to United planning for next season with Pogba and they will need to fix his contract situation, too.

“Paul Pogba back to Juventus? I think it is very difficult,” Paratici told Sky Sport, as cited by Fabrizio Romano. “There has never been a moment in which we have been close to taking him back.”

We reported three months ago that Juventus had already told United they won’t be re-signing Pogba.

The French midfielder was a standout performance at the Euro 2020 before the world cup winners crashed out in the round of 16.

Meanwhile, according to 90Min, United chiefs are working on Pogba’s future and have reached a point where they are split down the middle, with half wanting a new contract and the other half keen to get him out of the club.

Let us know in the comments section where you think Pogba will be playing his football next season?

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