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May 15, 2014

Platini offers advice to Paul Pogba

UEFA president Michel Platini has told Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba not to forget what the Italian club have done for him if he feels the urge to leave this summer.

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Paul Pogba has risen to fame quickly.

Pogba has frequently been linked with a move away from Turin after the World Cup with Paris Saint-Germain and Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona reported to be monitoring his progress.

The former Manchester United midfielder has taken strides in his career since joining the Bianconeri on a free transfer in 2012 and he is now reported to be worth in excess of 50 million euros.

Should such a bid be forthcoming, it may be difficult for Juve to turn it down and Platini has advised his compatriot to choose his next club carefully, having experienced for himself the benefits of playing for the Old Lady.

"Players like [Pogba] have the chance to do what they want nowadays, so I don't know [what he will do], but certainly he should remember that it is Juventus who have made him great," Platini told Tuttosport while in Turin for the Europa League final.

Pogba may not be the only big name to leave Juve this summer with coach Antonio Conte undecided about whether to extend his stay after guiding the club to three straight scudettos.

"I can understand how stressed he is," said Platini. "It's far more difficult today than it was in the past. "[Giovanni] Trapattoni stayed for 10 years, but he had far less stress because he had me and many other top players."

Serie A may no longer boast the same standard of players they did in the 80s and 90s, but Platini remains a staunch supporter of the Italian game, saying: "I watch the games and couldn't care less about the appeal. I enjoyed watching it this season -- Juventus were very strong and Roma play good football.

"Fiorentina and Napoli also played well. Of course you can tell me that the stadiums, apart from Juve's, are ugly, and I agree, but if we're talking about football, then Italy's is still at a high level."

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