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Pogba “can’t wait to win trophies” after sealing Juventus return

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 8:00, 12 July 2022

Paul Pogba says he “can’t wait to win trophies” at Juventus after sealing his long-awaited return to the Italian giants.

Six years after departing for Manchester United, the France international reunites with Massimiliano Allegri after penning a four-year deal with the Bianconeri.

The midfielder enjoyed a trophy-laden first stint with the Old Lady between 2012 and 2016; winning the Serie A title in each of his four seasons, while also helping the club reach the 2015 Champions League final.

Forming part of a midfield diamond alongside the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio, Pogba was directly involved in 74 goals in 177 appearances across all competitions – scoring 34 and assisting 40.

Juventus’ first major signing of the summer, the 29-year-old will be hoping he can help them regain the Serie A crown, which has been donned by Inter and AC Milan in the last two seasons.

In a video on Juventus’ social media, the 2018 World Cup winner said: “As you can see, I’m back and I’m very happy.

“I can’t wait to start with you and win trophies with you. We’ll be there on the pitch in the stadium, all together.”

The club said: “When we say goodbye after an intense adventure shared together, there is always a glimmer of hope that we will see each other again, sooner or later.

“He left as a boy and returns as a man and a champion, but there is one thing that has not changed – the desire to write unforgettable pages of club history together once more.”

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Pogba arrives off the back of a generally underwhelming second stint with United, who he re-joined for a then world-record fee of Β£89.3million in 2016.

Indeed, his time in England was marred with inconsistencies leading to intense media scrutiny.

Across six campaigns, Pogba would play 30 or more Premier League games on just two occasions (30 in 2016/17 and 35 in 2018/19).

His most productive season came in the latter when he netted 13 league goals, which still remains his career best.

A fresh start could be just what the doctor ordered for Pogba, who will link up with his new team-mates as they step up their preparations for the 2022-23 season.

He could make his second debut when Juve launch their Serie A campaign at home to Sassuolo on August 15.