Juventus’s director Beppe Marotta has admitted that Paul Pogba pushed through his move to Manchester United, despite protests from the club.
The Frenchman completed his world record transfer move to the twenty-time English champions in August, approximately at the same time that Gonzalo Higuain joined the Old Lady from Napoli for £75 million.
However, not only did Marotta claim that the moves were not as inextricably linked as once presumed, but also says that Juventus did everything in their power to put the breaks on their star asset’s departure.
‘We always said we never wanted to sell Pogba, as he was an important figure for the club, the coach and the fans,’ Marotta told JTV.
‘He wanted a change of scenery and to experience a different situation, so faced with that we had to enter into negotiations and try to make him happy.
‘We had already targeted Higuain and he was the main image we had in our head, but it was a coincidence that this happened at the same time that Pogba asked to leave.’
Pogba has impressed since his move to Old Trafford, making his debut in the 2-0 victory over Southampton and keeping his place for the narrow 1-0 victory at Hull.
The Frenchman did not enjoy his international duty with France however, earning a mere 5/10 in French newspaper L’Equipe for his abysmal performance against Belarus.
Pogba is set to face off against the Red Devils bitter rivals, Manchester City, on Saturday afternoon in his first ever Manchester Derby.
Callum Connolly, Pundit Arena.
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