Juventus celebrate the return of ‘champion’ Pogba


World Cup-winning French midfielder Paul Pogba has returned to Juventus from Serie A on a free transfer, the Italian giants announced on their website on Monday.

The 29-year-old enjoyed a highly successful first spell at Juventus (2012-16) before Manchester United swooped in to sign him for a record €105m ($106m).

“Paul is back in Turin,” Juventus said on its website below a photo of Pogba smiling in a Juventus jersey.

“He left as a boy and returns as a man and a champion.

“But there is one thing that has not changed: the desire to write unforgettable pages of the club’s history together once again.

“Pogba is back and we couldn’t be happier.”

Pogba underwent his medical over the weekend and is believed to have been offered a four-year deal that will net him 8 million euros ($8.12 million) per season plus a potential 2 million euros in bonuses.

He rejoins Juve after his contract with Manchester United expired at the end of last month, marking the end of six rather disappointing years in England.

The dysfunctional United are further from the top of English football than when they arrived. They have not won a Premier League title in nine years.

The 2017 Europa League and the same season’s League Cup are poor runs for Pogba at one of the world’s biggest clubs, especially as both were under José Mourinho, a period in which Pogba has said he first suffered from depression.

Pogba is expected to inherit the number 10 shirt from Paulo Dybala, who could join Inter Milan, Juve’s fiercest rival after the Argentine striker was sacked by the Turin giants.

Pogba wore that shirt in his final season at Juve, joining iconic players such as Roberto Baggio, Alessandro del Piero, Michele Platini, and Liam Brady.

He had moved to Juve from United four years earlier while still a teenager and made an impression in a skillful midfield with the likes of Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal.

Pogba flourished when manager Massimiliano Allegri replaced Antonio Conte in 2014. The Frenchman led a powerful team to the Champions League final the following year, losing to Barcelona.

He won the Serie A title in each of his four seasons at the Old Lady of Italian football and kept his affection for Juve. He was linked with a return on several occasions during his time at United.

Allegri hopes Pogba can help Juve return to their former glories after they finished fourth last season, 16 points behind champion AC Milan.

Pogba is Juve’s second notable signing in recent days. The club secured the signing of veteran Argentine winger Ángel Di María after he was released by French champions Paris Saint-Germain.

By Amos Kalu

A Media Consultant/ICT Expert. Website Developer and CEO/Chief Editor OHAFIA TV News.

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