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Paul Pogba is reportedly returning to Juventus, where he played from 2012 to 2016, on a free transfer following the conclusion of his contract with Manchester United.
ESPN’s Julien Laurens reported on Wednesday that Juve have agreed to a four-year contract with the 29-year-old midfielder, who will officially announce the reasons for his decision on Friday on the Amazon documentary, The pogmentary.
This is the second time Pogba will complete United’s move to Juventus. He started his senior career with the Red Devils in 2011 before joining the Italian club the following year.
The France international enjoyed great success in his first spell with the Vecchia Signora, including four consecutive Serie A titles, before returning to Old Trafford.
Pogba’s second stint with United was not as successful as the club lifted just two trophies, the Europa League and EFL Cup titles in 2017, and his role diminished throughout the season. 2021-22 season. He has one goal and nine assists in 20 Premier League appearances and no goals or assists in six Champions League appearances.
Last week, the midfielder explained on
Uninterrupted (h/t ESPN) He was taking the opportunity to switch to a free transfer to find the best personal situation.
“I have to enjoy what I’m doing because otherwise I can’t perform well,” Pogba said. “I don’t want to think negatively. We can lose games, trophies, but you have to be happy and have fun, that’s what I’m looking for.”
The 2018 World Cup champion, who is expected to help France defend that title in Qatar from November, opted for Juventus amid reported interest from Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.
He will try to give a boost to Juve’s attack. In 2021-22, the club finished fourth in the Serie A table and were knocked out of the Champions League in the round of 16.
Pogba, who has scored 34 goals in 178 appearances in all competitions for Juventus, is a strong bet to produce a rebounding tenure from August.