After five seasons at Manchester United, 17-year-old Paul Pogba has moved on, joining Italian giants Juventus in an impressive deal. In the hours and days following the transfer, many have remarked on how young Pogba is but the Nantes defender isn’t too concerned.
“The most important thing for me is that I’m still young,” Pogba said on Sunday. “I am still young and I think a bit later I will really appreciate what I’ve done and I will really enjoy my football. At the moment I’m looking forward to going to Italy and to play with these great players like [Lionel] Messi and [Cristiano] Ronaldo.”
Pogba has not seen a great deal of action at Old Trafford but still managed to make 89 appearances (making the top five in all competitions), scoring a remarkable 20 goals in the process. The French international likes to hold the ball up, and it appears he has plenty of promise ahead.
Pogba made headlines by gelling with ex-team mates Wayne Rooney and Tom Cleverley in a prank video with Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna earlier this month, but he is relatively unknown in England and will begin his career in Italy with the Bianconeri, who won the Serie A title last season.
Roma had shown interest in Pogba but the young midfielder seemed intent on joining Juventus. So far, Pogba has impressed in Italy, scoring in his last league match. But it is unclear how much of an impact he will have on the team, but with the likes of Ronaldo and Messi he will surely find success.
For now, though, it is back to training with Nantes. And even though his future rests with Manchester United’s cross-town rivals, the former Manchester United wonderkid can still revel in the memories he made with the club.
“When I was 16 I won the title with United,” he said. “It was a big achievement for me, and I wanted to win all the titles with United.”
It is just unfortunate for United that Pogba ended up in Italy — or maybe that is exactly where he needs to be at the moment.