Saturday August 6 2016
Allegri: 'Pogba is a Juventus player'

Max Allegri won't talk of replacements for Manchester United target Paul Pogba: 'There's no point, he's a Juventus player'.

The rumours surrounding the Frenchman's departure keep piling up as his holidays near the end, and he will not be available for tomorrow's friendly against West Ham.

In the absence of Pogba, the Coach is designing a different type of team, one he certainly doesn't lack the players for.

“Dani Alves is coupled with [Stephan] Lichtsteiner, whether there's a three- or four-man backline,” said Allegri.

“[Miralem] Pjanic is a player who can play in front of the defence, or as a mezzala, although I do believe that his most appropriate role is the former. He should always be in the midst of the game.

“[Marko] Pjaca is a young lad with enormous qualities, he can play as a winger and also as a trequartista.

“[Medhi] Benatia? You already know him, I think, because he played in Serie A. [Gonzalo] Higuain was the top scorer last year, so he completes a very strong attack department alongside [Mario] Mandzukic, [Paulo] Dybala, [Simone] Zaza and the above-mentioned Pjaca.

“Tomorrow we'll play with a four-man defence, and I'll give you the formation now, so everyone's happy: Buffon; Dani Alves, Benatia, Rugani, Alex Sandro; Lemina, Pjanic, Asamoah; Pereyra; Dybala, Mandzukic. Neto will be subbed on for the second half.”

There is a great deal of speculation surrounding Paul Pogba, who is believed to be on the verge of signing for Manchester United.

“It's only fair that [Jose] Mourinho should choose not to talk of Pogba as long as he's a Juventus player. I called up Pogba for tomorrow evening, so he'll be in Vinovo for training on Monday. There's no point in discussing replacements for Pogba because right now he's a Juventus player.”

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