Rumors of Paul Pogba departing Manchester United have come to a standstill as of recent.
There is no denying that Jose Mourinho choosing the Frenchman as the player for their last Champions League pre-match press conference seemed to put a lot of minds at ease. Both player and manager affirmed that the rapport shared between the two was a sound one.
Pogba himself stated that that being stripped of the vice-captaincy earlier didn’t affect him at all. It was this act that was initially cited as the prime reason for the midfielder wanting out from Old Trafford, but that reply seemed to change things.
But now, a recent claim throws all of that out the window. According to Il Corriere Dello Sport (via Calciomercato), Paul Pogba has expressly told his former Juventus teammates that he wishes to return to the club that engineered his rise to fame.
Being shipped off to Turin in 2012 on a free transfer, the midfielder was able to carve out a brilliant place for himself, stamping his presence amongst the best in Europe. Such were his antics that United broke the then world-record transfer fee to ensure he was a Red Devil once again in 2016.
Allegations of bad rapport with Mourinho went on to furnish rumors of his departures, with Barcelona also reported to be in running for the signature of the World Cup winner.
Further, it has been suggested that the higher-ups at Old Trafford consider Pogba to be an invaluable asset, and as of such, he is deemed ‘unsellable’. However, in the face of a situation where the player himself may be unhappy, it will be interesting to see how that pans out.
At merely 25 years of age, Pogba was expected to dominate United’s lineup for years altogether. Is that prospect now under threat?