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Paul Pogba to Juventus? All great players are welcome here, says Blaise Matuidi

By Ben Green

Published: 11:18, 15 May 2019

Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi has opened the door for Paul Pogba to leave Manchester United and return to Turin.

Despite placing in the PFA Team of the Year, Pogba has endured a difficult season at Old Trafford and his future remains uncertain.

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  1. Pogba notoriously fell out with former United boss Jose Mourinho earlier in the campaign.
  2. The Frenchman has previously flirted with the idea of joining “dream” club Real Madrid.
  3. Zinedine Zidane has reciprocated feelings of mutual respect and reports indicate Los Blancos may move for Pogba this summer.
  4. The 26-year-old has come in for criticism from pundits and fans alike in the North West, putting his future in doubt.
  5. Matuidi has now suggested Juventus ‘welcome all great players’ when asked about a potential move for Pogba.

The Frenchman has enjoyed his most prolific goalscoring season with 16 goals and 10 assists, but that has not protected him from criticism from both fans and pundits.

As such, Pogba’s future appears in major doubt, and rumours have been consistently swirling throughout the season of a move to Real Madrid after the Frenchman described Los Blancos as a “dream club”.

It is not yet clear whether Real will make a move for the 26-year-old, but World Cup-winning teammate Matuidi has now thrown Juve’s hat into the ring, suggesting “all great players are welcome” at the Old Lady.

He told reporters:  “All great players are welcome here: I wish him the best and hope he makes the right decision.

“Only he knows his situation and knows how good he really is.”

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‘I hope Allegri stays’

Another man whose future is in doubt, is Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri who, despite guiding the club to an eighth successive Scudetto, may leave at the end of the season.

There is a growing feeling that Allegri’s failures in Europe may cost him his job, but Matuidi has come out in support of his current boss, revealing that he hopes the Italian remains at the helm beyond the current campaign.

He added: “We had a good first half against Roma and needed to score.

“Allegri’s done a great job here and I hope he stays: he’s shown great quality and he’s a great Coach.

“We have to think about playing and having a good game on Sunday night at the Stadium against Atalanta to celebrate the Scudetto.

“We’d like to give a good impression of ourselves because we have to finish well so we can celebrate the Scudetto in front of our fans.”