TURIN, Sporting Alert – Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has warned Paul Pogba that making a return to Manchester United would be a step back.
Allegri, who said the Italian champions are among the top four clubs in the world, has suggested that at the moment, Pogba is at the ideal place to grow, while Juventus can also offer the Frenchman Champions League football, versus the Europa League competition Manchester United will be contesting this coming season.
Pogba, who left the English Premier League side on a free transfer in 2013, has been strongly linked with a massive world-record deal worth £100m Old Trafford return this summer.
Sky Sports is reporting that negotiations over a possible agreement have been going on for the past few weeks now.
But despite those media circulation reports, Allegri says he is resting “calm about” the France midfielder’s transfer rumours, noting that Juventus “is not a selling club.”
“I am calm about the English rumours,” Allegri told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Anyone who has the opportunity to leave Juventus has to consider things very carefully, because right now Juve are among the top four European clubs.
“This is not a selling club that just lets its players go. Pogba belongs to Juve and at the end of the day he too will want to win another Scudetto and hopefully the Champions League.
“We have grown in terms of appeal and awareness of our own capabilities.
“So far our market this summer has been eight out of 10, bringing in players of international pedigree like Medhi Benatia, Dani Alves and Miralem Pjanic.”
With Juventus dominating the Italian league almost every season, it is understood that Pogba has been growing frustrated with the lack of competition.
The 23-year-old who was a member of the France Euro 2016 team that was beaten by Portugal in the final, was reportedly hoping to complete a move to Real Madrid this summer.
However, the Spanish giants pulled out of the race for his signature after failing to agree on a possible transfer fee with his parent club.