ROME (Sporting Alert) — Juventus star midfielder Paul Pogba says former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson tried to stop him from moving to the Serie A club by trying to warn him over racism concerning playing in Italy.
The Frenchman claimed that he was aware of the problems in that country, but reminded the Scot that it was everywhere, including England.
“He told me not to come to Italy because of racism,” Pogba was quoted as telling La Repubblica.
“I told him that racism was everywhere, in England too.”
The 20-year-old has been the subject of a big money transfer move away from Juventus and he revealed how Ferguson, who admitted to believing in him, tried to persuade him to stay.
“Many players owe their success to Sir Alex Ferguson,” Pogba said. “He was able to see the potential in each of his players.
“He believed in my improvement, even if I did not play much.”
In recent times, the midfielder has been linked back to English Premier League to play with Arsenal, while Barcelona and PSG are said to be very interested in signing him as well.