Juve’s Pogba: I sill love Man United despite exit from Old Trafford

The 21-year-old French midfielder has developed into one of the top young players in the game since departing from Old Trafford in 2012.

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Juventus star Paul Pogba has explained why he chose to leave Manchester United but has admitted he still loves the club.

Much to the dismay of United fans, the 21-year-old has developed into one of the top young players in the game since departing Old Trafford in 2012. Pogba played a major role in helping Juve clinch their third successive Scudetto last season, scoring seven goals and setting up seven more in 36 Serie A appearances for the Bianconeri.

"I’m impatient," Pogba said in the latest FourFourTwo magazine about leaving United. "It was the feeling I had. The coach (Sir Alex Ferguson) had faith in me but didn’t put me on. He said that I was too young. He said ‘your time will come’ but it never did. It didn’t come. But it does not mean I will speak ill of Manchester United. I love the club."

Pogba recently signed a contract extension with the Turin giants until June 2019, and Juve general director Giuseppe Marotta says the club have no need to sell the player, who has been linked with a return to United.

"What was a promising player has become a reality," Marotta told Sky Italia. "Every European club is watching him and have been in contact with us. We, however, want to have a strong team made up of champions. We have an important player in Pogba and we don’t have a need to sell him."

The midfielder scored a sensational volley to help Juve beat Napoli 3-1 in Naples on Sunday and increase his tally to four goals in 15 Serie A appearances. Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, is adamant his player is one of the most valuable in the world and believes he will only continue to improve.

"Is Pogba’s price tag around €80 million ($100 million)? He is one of the most expensive players on the market," Raiola told Italian radio station RAI. Considering his age, he has room for improvement and he is among the best."

He added: "Of course, the asking price always depends on eventual buyers."