Paul Pogba returns to Juventus Turin

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After six complicated years at Manchester United, Paul Pogba is returning to Juventus Turin until 2026, the Italian team announced on Monday.

The “Pogback”. Paul Pogba, a great fan of portmanteau words with his surname, is returning to Juventus Turin until 2026, the Italian team announced on Monday July 11, the scene of the best years in the club of the French world champion, in search of rebound before the Mondial-2022.

“Paul is back in Turin, he left when he was young, he came back having become an extraordinary man and player”, wrote Juve in a press release, announcing the signing of a four-year contract.

In Italy, the daily La Gazzetta dello Sport mentions a salary of eight million euros per season, plus two million euros in bonuses.

“#Pogback”: this keyword has been circulating for more than two months on Italian social networks, relayed by tifosi counting on the French world champion (29 years old), at the end of his contract with the “Red Devils”, to give back from tinsel to a faded Juve. The “Old Lady”, after a record nine consecutive scudetti (2012 to 2020), has been ejected from the Top 3 in Italy for the past two seasons and unable to reach the quarter-finals of the C1 since 2019.

Pogba, who was present on Sunday when the Turin players resumed collective training, chose to return to a known setting where he had triumphed in the past (2012-2016), with in particular four Italian champion titles and a Champions League final in 2015.

Anxiously awaited by coach Massimiliano Allegri, in search of character in his team, the midfielder should have the opportunity to find playing time and regularity a few months before the World Cup in Qatar (November 21-December 18 ), after a complicated season in Manchester.

A complicated passage in Manchester

“ManU” formalized his departure on June 1, putting an end to six mixed seasons at the club where he arrived as a superstar in 2016 after an astronomical transfer of some 105 million euros tied up by his agent, Mino Raiola, who died last April.

Because as much as Pogba will have worn the Blues during the 2018 World Cup, as much as he will have struggled to put his mark on the “Red Devils”, a club where the former Le Havre had passed stealthily in 2011-2012 before joining Turin.

The star of the Frenchman, with little support among Mancunian fans, declined at the same time as that of his club. On his record in England, Pogba has only one League Cup and one Europa League, two trophies dating from 2017.

“You have to be honest, that doesn’t satisfy me, but really not at all. Whether it’s with Manchester or in another club, I want to win titles,” he said in March in an interview with Le Figaro.

Off the field, the spring was also difficult with a burglary during a match, while his children were present at home, and the death of Mino Raiola. While his name has been regularly mentioned on the side of Paris SG, the child of Roissy-en-Brie (Seine-et-Marne) has therefore chosen a city he knows well and a club where he knows he is desired.

“Where I Became a Man”

In Turin, “that’s where I became a man”, assures Pogba in the documentary devoted to his career on Prime Video.

In this recently posted series, Mino Raiola already seemed to have this idea in mind last summer when he encouraged his protege to find a club where he feels “like with the Blues”: “You are another Pogba with the Blues who “with Manchester. You are the real Pogba, the Pogba of Juventus, the Pogba that everyone loves…”, said the agent.

At Juventus, Pogba joins his France teammate Adrien Rabiot, although the latter could leave before the end of the summer.

With Pogba, Juve offers itself a player capable of making supporters dream, orphans of Paulo Dybala, appreciated by Juventus Stadium but not retained at the end of his contract and whose Frenchman will recover the n ° 10.

The only doubt is the international’s state of form, not spared by injuries in recent years, and this, while Juve has precisely suffered this season from many physical glitches from its executives, from Chiellini to Bonucci passing by Chiesa or Dybala.

With AFP


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