Friday May 9 2014
Pogba: Never thought of leaving

Paul Pogba has made clear that he has ‘never considered leaving Juventus’ and that his future is with the Bianconeri.

The Frenchman had been the subject of continued speculation regarding his future amid transfer links to the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Real Madrid.

However, on from his agent’s assertion yesterday that contract renewal talks with Juventus are due to continue soon, the player has commented on where he sees his future.

“I never thought or spoken about leaving Juventus, my future is here,” Pogba has commented to La Stampa today.

“Where will I go? I’m here, right? I’ve got a contract with Juventus - so what are we talking about?

“I don’t think about the market. That has always been the case, when I was at Le Havre and they said Manchester United were following me and wanted to sign me - in short, for a child of 13, that is crazy news.

“But I’ve always been happy to play. And that’s it.”

Speculation recently was that Zinedine Zidane personally called Pogba to convince him to move to Real Madrid.

“I would like to know how it came out - perhaps someone has seen his number on my phone? I never said I wanted to play there, I just said they are a great team like United and Juventus.”

The 21-year-old considered life at Juventus, which this season has seen him become a regular in Antonio Conte’s midfield.

“At Juve I have learned how to be professional, especially in the daily work, and to manage my body - I was not used to playing games every three days.

“I had hoped and thought to grow and improve, but I never imagined it could happen so quickly. Marchisio had some physical issues early in the season, I was fine and I took advantage.

“I don’t take free-kicks or penalties, I’m proud of my goals. And there are those who already shoot from free-kicks pretty well.

“Playing around Pirlo I have learned not to ever throw the ball away, even when you are in your own area. And then the confidence to want the ball, even in the middle of a crowd.

“Influences? Yaya Toure is a great player, I looked to him when I was a kid, trying to learn. Physically he is strong, big, like they say I am.

“I need to improve with my headers. But I have to improve also in so many areas.

“I look at Cristiano Ronaldo and I see a player who can do everything. Here, I would like to become a complete midfielder.

“My idols were Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Zidane. I like to play in midfield because that is the engine of the game, you always have the ball at your feet.

“A turning point at Juve? There was a precise moment, the goal I scored against Napoli two years ago.

“Until that moment, people saw me and said: ‘hey look, there’s Balotelli’. From that day onwards they began to say: ‘hey, that’s Pogba’.”

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