‘We all care for Paul Pogba here’: Juventus director Fabio Paratici refuses to rule out return for the Manchester United midfielder who ‘gave so much’ to the Serie A giants
- Paul Pogba has come under intense scrutiny ever since moving to Man United
- Pogba joined in an £89m deal in 2016 after shining for Italian giants Juventus
- But he has continued to flirt with a move away from United after his struggles
- Juventus director Fabio Paratici has hailed the club’s former French midfielder
Juventus director Fabio Paratici has hinted at making a move for their former star Paul Pogba as his Manchester United struggles continue.
Pogba departed Turin in an £89million move to United in the summer of 2016, which was then a world-record transfer fee, after emerging as one of the most talented players in the game with the Serie A giants.
However, Pogba has come under immense criticism throughout his time at Old Trafford due to his inconsistent performances and failing to live up to expectations following his mega-money move.
Paul Pogba’s (centre) struggles have continued after Manchester United’s awful season so far
Pogba has continuously flirted with a move away from Manchester – with both Real Madrid and a return to Juventus his most likely destinations.
And Juve’s sporting director, while claiming transfer targets aren’t a priority at present, has hailed the French World Cup winner for his incredible service during his time at the club.
Paratici told Sky Sport Italia: ‘As for Pogba, right now he is a Manchester United player and it is far too early to think about future transfer targets.
‘We all care for Pogba here, one of many ex-players who gave Juve so much, but it’s too early to talk about future objectives.
‘We are concentrated on constructing this team for this season, that is where our focus lies.’
Pogba rose to fame with Juventus, scoring 34 goals and producing 40 assists in 178 appearances for the club between 2012 and 2016.
Juventus director Fabio Paratici insists the Serie A giants ‘all care’ for their former player
During his time in Turin, the 27-year-old won four Serie A titles in a row and two consecutive Coppa Italias.
However, his second spell at Old Trafford has been a far cry from his Juventus days and he once again came in for huge criticism for his display last weekend against Arsenal.
Pogba gave away a penalty after fouling Hector Bellerin, before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang duly converted from the penalty spot.
His game-time at United has been limited this season and he was once again used as an impact substitute in the 2-1 defeat against Istanbul Basaksehir on Wednesday evening in the Champions League.
Prior to Wednesday’s match, former United assistant coach Rene Meulensteen provided a damning verdict of the player he used to manage during his first spell at the club.
He told Stadium Astro: ‘You can have all the talent in the world but it’s about hard work, and it’s hard work that brings that quality to the surface.
Pogba emerged as one of the best players in world football after shining with Juventus
‘For me, he hasn’t worked hard enough. I can see it all the time, it’s too slow, it’s laboured and there is no urgency about it and other teams can capitalise on it.
‘He is a very talented player. Everyone keeps talking about him – he’s world class, he’s world class.
‘I would never use world class so easily because I know players past and present and they deserve the accolade of being world class. In my opinion, Paul doesn’t deserve that in any shape or form because I don’t think he’s lived up to expectations.
‘I don’t think we expect too much of him because of the player he has been and the trophies he has won.
‘We need to expect even more from him, but that only comes from working hard. That then rubs off on other players. Not working hard does as well because they start to question those performances.’
Since his move to United, the Frenchman has come under immense scrutiny for performances
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