Allegri Reveals The Reason Behind Paul Pogba’s Departure
The Juventus boss shared some light-hearted banter with his former midfield star, stating that Pogba left Juve because he beat the Frenchman in basketball.
Paul Pogba, who made his second debut for Manchester United last Friday against Southampton, broke the world transfer record when he joined the Red Devils for a massive £89 million.
Allegri recently revealed that he has been unable to communicate with Pogba following his mega-transfer to Manchester. However, he maintained that the pair still shares a good relationship, and even joked that Pogba left Turin because the Frenchman lost to him during a basketball match.
“We had a very good relationship like I do with all the players,” Allegri revealed.
“Maybe he was still hurting because he lost to me in a challenge at football and basketball, so it was for that reason he decided to leave Juventus!”
Allegri went on to explain about how he hasn’t been in touch with the 23-year-old ever since his Old Trafford return.
“We didn’t speak because among other things he was in America until the day before he went to Manchester.”
Juventus enter the 2016/17 Serie A season as Champions, and will be looking to secure this year’s title, as it would be their sixth consecutive Scudetto. The manager spoke about the journey ahead, and acknowledged that it will be a long and painstaking season.
“This year, once again, we had five new players coming in and we’ve only had 17 days to work together, so we’ll certainly need a bit of time.
“That’s why in the first few matches, over and beyond the question of playing well, we need an important approach in terms of character. These are difficult games, all the more so because we are at the beginning of the season.”
The Old Lady club made a few big name signings this summer, chief among which was the acquisition of Gonzalo Higuain. Juve paid a whopping £75 million to secure the Argentine attacker from Napoli, and they will be hoping that Gonzalo will help them win the UEFA Champions League this time out.
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