Juventus proudly announced today that their supremely talented midfielder Paul Pogba has signed a new contract until 2019. The news will come as a blow to a number of clubs across Europe who were planning on bidding for the Frenchman come the summer.
21-year-old Paul Pogba joined Premier League side Manchester United in 2009 from the youth academy of French side Le Havre. Pogba would continue to develop at the Red Devils but only made 3 league showings for the club until his contract expired in 2012. He would move on to Juventus in Italy but would criticise Sir Alex Ferguson for not giving him a chance, preferring to field players out of position rather than play him. This now is cited as perhaps Sir Alex’s biggest mistake during his long tenure at Old Trafford.
Pogba quickly established himself as important for Juventus, making 27 Serie A appearances in his first season with the Italian giants. Last season he would establish himself as one of the hottest prospects in Europe with 36 games in Serie A and 7 goals, a few of which were scorchers from outside the box. The midfield has continued this form since the turn of the new campaign but has now ended speculation of a bigger move next summer.
Pogba impressed at the World Cup in Brazil, already earning 20 France caps with 5 goals. Juventus are obviously delighted with the new contract and the club’s CEO Beppe Marotta broke the news to fans. Twitter has also been busy as Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid fans are all disappointed to miss out on the talent. I bianconeri celebrated by releasing a video of Pogba’s best bits at Juventus, seen below.