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Juventus have no plans to sell Paul Pogba

Juventus have no plans to sell Paul Pogba in the near future, according to general director Giuseppe Marotta.

The 21-year-old midfielder 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.

Reports in England have claimed Manchester United are preparing a bid of 77 million pounds to bring the France international back to Old Trafford this summer.

When asked about Pogba, Marotta told Sky Italia: "What was a promising player has become a reality. All the European clubs are 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."

Pogba, who joined Juve from United on a free transfer in 2012, is also a reported target of Chelsea and Manchester City.

The Frenchman recently signed a contract extension with the Turin giants until June 2019.

Pogba's agent Mino Raiola told Italian radio station RAI: "Is Pogba's price tag around 80 million euros [66 million pounds]? He is one of the most expensive players on the market.

"Considering his age, he has room for improvement and he is among the best. Of course, the asking price always depends on eventual buyers."

Pogba 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.

Juve lead the league standings and are also alive in the Champions League and the Coppa Italia.


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