Paul Pogba, Manchester United midfielder has said he regards Turin as “home”.
Pogba, who rejoined United from Juventus in what was then a world record deal, played for the Serie A club between 2012 and 2016, winning four Serie A titles and two Coppa Italias and playing in a champions league finals.
Speaking with RMC as he prepares to return to Juventus in the Champions League next week, Pogba said he had predicted that United would be drawn in the same Champions League group as Juve, who they lost to by 0:1 Old Trafford last month. He said that:
“I expected it, it was mad. I’d spoken about it with my brother last summer. I said to him: ‘Imagine we’re in the same group as Juve’.
“For me, it’s a pleasure. Turin is my home- that’s where I scored my first professional goal”.
According to him, he remained in touch with some of his former Juventus teammates and had learned from legendary players including Andrea Pirlo.
“[Juan] Cuadrado, [Paolo] Dybala, [Leonardo] Bonucci … I hear from them, we speak from time to time. We were a family, so of course we stay in contact”.
“When you’re alongside players like Pirlo, Gigi [Buffon] or [Giorgio] Chiellini, you can only learn.
“Every day, in training, you try to observe them. Even as an established player, you can always learn from those sorts of men”.
Pogba said he was targeting victory in the Champions League, calling it “a trophy I think about, I always have it in mind”.