Paul Pogba makes clear how he feels about Man Utd exit and return to Juventus
The French midfielder waved farewell to the Red Devils just a few months ago having let his contract run down. The decision to leave brought to an end an inconsistent six years at Old Trafford for Pogba having previously become the club’s record transfer in 2016.
Having left United, the 29-year-old re-signed for former club Juventus on a free transfer. He has suggested the decision to be reunited with the Italian giants was a decision he made with his heart - something that he believes has proven to be the correct call - following a disappointing spell with the Red Devils.
Speaking with GQ Italia, Pogba said: “I like to think and say that it is my heart that made the choice. It was also perhaps the right time to come back here [to Juventus].
“The last three years in Manchester, also affected by injuries, have not gone as I wanted, it is no mystery. I thought that if we added to this the fact that Juve have also arrived for two years in which they did not win the Scudetto, it was a good challenge for both of us.
“And maybe it was the right time to meet again and try to take back the place that belongs to us, to me and to Juve. And above all to win again.”
Paul Pogba returned to Juventus in the summer
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He continued: “I always want to play, and I want to give my best. And deep inside I know this [Juventus] shirt is special, it brings out my best. We have built a good history with this team, which I have never forgotten even when I left Juve.
“Coming back here is always a motivation for me, an incentive to do well. I never had any doubts that this was my place.”
Pogba also hailed the Juventus supporters as he talked through his decision to return to Turin. He has claimed that the response from the club’s fans was incomparable to any he had ever experienced in his career - including during his time with the Red Devils.
“When I left, they were very grateful for the years together,” Pogba continued. “I was young and they really always pushed me to the stadium, they were always behind me, I always felt the love of these fans, this is the truth. I have never heard such a great one, not even in Manchester.”
Despite believing that he made the right decision to leave United for Juventus, Pogba has actually stumbled into trouble over the last few months.
Ahead of making his second debut for the Italian, he suffered a knee injury and would undergo surgery. Whilst he is expected to return midway through the season, his injury could potentially put his place in the France squad for the upcoming World Cup in major doubt.