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Saturday January 18 2014
Pogba's future is black and white

Much coveted midfielder Paul Pogba’s best move would be to commit his future to Juventus, says Jeremy Lim.

It does not take much for a Serie A starlet to be put up in the meat market these days. Highlight reels of Paul Pogba on YouTube are being expanded to accommodate his growing feats at Juventus, and likewise the transfer links away from Turin just seem to become more audacious with every additional blockbuster he scores.

The prime cut in question is of course no longer the same unassuming, wide-eyed youngster who made his way to Vinovo for the first time in 2012. Blooded now at the top level for club and country, Pogba has become a force of nature at the centre of the action, the world his oyster as Juventus rush to secure the seed they planted with a contract extension.

Yet despite ongoing negotiations, Paris Saint-Germain and half of the Premier League continue to be linked, never mind that it will take an unworldly sum to prise the 20-year-old from his current owners. With Bianconeri President Andrea Agnelli admitting last October his outfit lack the financial clout to stave off determined bids in the exorbitant, greed-fuelled market climate of today, the lone voice of reason in this whole affair could be Pogba’s.

A sense of inevitability about the midfielder’s eventual departure might linger, but the time is not yet right to leave the side that has become his proving ground and will continue to serve as such. With Pogba in charge of his own future, whether he chooses to stay remains a question of priorities.

Europe’s elite may promise to cover him in wealth, but the daily stimulus of competing in a League with the strength in depth of Serie A is an experience money cannot buy. In a world where being as well-rounded as possible is commonly regarded as key to success, acquiring all the nuances of the League will have a far-reaching impact on his career, whether it lies in Italy or elsewhere.

Calling time on his Juventus stint halfway will almost certainly be a case of Pogba walking before being pushed. In the squad he already occupies a position of utmost trust in Antonio Conte’s mind. The Coach and luminaries like Gianluigi Buffon and Andrea Pirlo constantly lavish him with the belief and faith he cited as missing when leaving former side Manchester United. Indebted as he is to his current surroundings, the starlet could do a lot worse than nurture his ambitions in an environment that has spurred him to believe in personal greatness from day one.

He is truly capable of clinching all the recognition and silverware before him with the Turin giants. Juventus are nearing the height of her powers - a competitive team with genuine ambitions, eager to cement their status as Italian champions and get back to the top of Europe, irrespective of the recent Champions League exit.

The club’s appetite for success mirrors Pogba’s desire to become the best in the world. With still so much to learn and achieve, committing his long-term future there would mean less of the French sensation placing a ceiling on his potential rather than working with Juventus to achieve their mutual objectives hand-in-hand.

Having proven to be a down-to-earth kid with his priorities in the right place so far, putting pen to paper on the extension Juve have reportedly proposed will seal a partnership that will pay dividends for all parties involved.

After setting the benchmark for what the new generation of young Serie A footballers can really begin aspiring to, Pogba’s next job will be getting down to serious winning with the club he was tailor-made for - one suspects he’ll be notching a few more sizzling strikes along the way.

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Have your say...
Only way Pobga leaves is if Conte leaves. Juve is on their way to a 3rd title, and to be a champions league contender next year, it took an act of God to have them knocked out this year. With all the history of French players at Juve, Pobga, if he stays long enough, will pass be the greatest.
on the 20th January, 2014 at 10:15pm
he can stay for a couple of years and after that he can move to another club with high price and every one will be happy !

well this is the best scenario !
on the 20th January, 2014 at 11:39am
very nice article . I think pogba will remain in juventus simply and purly because he has the desire to improve more and more ! the balloon D oro will not be far away from his reach if he continue playing at the same level ! with the same hunger for achievements ! he now in this juve its the perfect environment for that !
on the 20th January, 2014 at 11:39am
The only thing Pogba is missing is experience. Which I believe he'll get in the next two years. Juve sell pogba now? NO! If you we(juve) sell him now that Marchisio is not in his best form, I forsee so much regret!

Kip him for 3 to 4 years by then he may win Balon D'or and so his value must have increases and then cash in. Just like the way Milan does with kaka.


Are the people at manchester blind that they let him come for free? Hahahahahahaha! Forza juve!
on the 20th January, 2014 at 7:16am
It is a bit of a gamble. If we sell him now we think he could improve and we could have got more. If we keep him hoping to get more he could decline or suddenly develop serious injuries.

Personally I would keep him for two years. Take the risk. Renew his contract. Then sell him. Rip off the rich teams and ask for a damn good player in return.
on the 19th January, 2014 at 2:49pm
Agree with most comments on this particular blog which is so we hat unusual for me.

The general consensus in this blog seems to be one of a resigned inevitability pogba will leave. With the state of Italian football at the moment it is only natural for him to want to leave especially when he would have his salary increased significantly.

Loyalty is rare these days. I hope we squeeze another two years out of him because he can get better his value should increase.
on the 19th January, 2014 at 2:46pm
Great performance tonight from Pogba. An assist and a trademark goal to put the match to bed. Am so happy for him,he obviously isn't just hyped up. If players like Illaramendi and Isco were sold for 35 to 40m there's no reason why Pogba shouldn't eclipse that. As for Mustafa,I'd appreciate if you could educate us on how Pogba is weak tactically. I fell in love with Juve in 1992 and have seen players like Deschamps,Paulo Sousa and Conte. I don't see how Pogba is inferior to any of those I mentioned. I don't see him playing out of position,he rarely puts a foot wrong throughout a match so I just don't get how he's tactically weak.
on the 19th January, 2014 at 1:18am
Pogba will stay mark my words he will see his contract out and renew. It's a given he's got Juventus blood running through his veins.....FORZA JUVE FINO ALLA FINE. SIAMO NOI........SIAMO NOI.
on the 19th January, 2014 at 1:04am
Speaking of sizzling strikes, his goal against Sampdoria today was absolutely phenomenal !! Not to mention that he provided an assist for Vidal's opener. No matter the sum, Juve would be committing a huge mistake if they let him go. DON'T SELL HIM, Juve !!!
on the 19th January, 2014 at 12:21am
Amazing similarities between Pogba and Balotelli.Pogba displays maturity well beyond his years and doesn't sulk and dive repeatedly in the box.That maturity will see him remain a Juventino for some time.Pogba is a team player like Messi,Balotelli is like Ronaldo and plays for half with no humility.
on the 18th January, 2014 at 11:59pm
I hope he can develope tactically. He is weak in that area.
on the 18th January, 2014 at 11:23pm
OMG Pogba always did a screamer goal for juve, this price will went up to 80mil in no time, its hard to keep him in juve since juve also needs money to balance the book. While the other hand they want him to stay with juve for a long time.
on the 18th January, 2014 at 10:53pm
My god this is just horrible writing! Why would you publish this crap? football websites have such low standards, it's infuriating
on the 18th January, 2014 at 6:27pm
I don't think that Raiola could decide for Pogba. It depends on the player. Example - Nedved (Raiola was his manager too). I hope Pogba will listen to his heart and will show respect to the club who give his way into world class football :)
on the 18th January, 2014 at 4:26pm
Hopefully Pogba will stay, and only he can decide what happens. He can improve at Juve but clubs like PSG and Real might halt his progress with too much pressure. Juve can keep him for 4 years and then get even more money- it makes sense. If he is to be sold, then sell him to PSG and try to get either Cavani, Veratti and some cash as well. We need a really good deal, because Pogba is awesome. He can score from 30 yards, tackle, defend, pass and think. All round top class player.
on the 18th January, 2014 at 3:35pm
@Daniel Giambrone

Oh how i wish that was possible.... Unfortunately There is no legal loophole that would allow clubs to orchestrate such a feat. My hope is Pogba is going to listen to Thuram's advice and remain at Juventus for a long time.
on the 18th January, 2014 at 2:35pm
Sadly, these stories will just not away. The parasite that is Mino Raiola will do all he can to engineer a move for Pogba, just so that he can get a juicy percentage. The amount of money that this leach has siphoned from the game is absolutely disgusting. I do wish that every club would make a pact to not have anything to do with him.
on the 18th January, 2014 at 1:38pm
Very interesting article. I remember before the season started I got bashed by a few fellow juventini when I pointed out that this kid was more talented than Marchisio. Now it's obvious everyone agrees. Sadly it seems Juve will buckle under the pressure. Just hope they stall a little more so they squeeze out more cash. For now, let's all enjoy the phenomenon and more of those devastating shots
on the 18th January, 2014 at 12:38pm

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