Tuesday 25 October 2016

Juventus boss: I will not stand in Paul Pogba's way if he wants to leave


Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri will not stand in Paul Pogba's way if the French midfielder decides to leave the Turin giants this summer.

Pogba was an important member of a Juve side that won a Serie A and Coppa Italia double this season as well as reached the final of the Champions League.

Numerous clubs including Manchester City, Barcelona and Paris St Germain are thought to be interested in prising the 22-year-old away from Turin.

The France international, who joined Juve on a free transfer from Manchester United in 2012, is worth a reported £80 million.

"A Pogba transfer? Obviously it would be a decision made by the club and not by the technical team," Allegri said to Gazzetta dello Sport. "When you talk about certain figures, it's difficult to say no.

"But if Paul remains in Turin, he should do it with the right mentality and without having any regrets."

Pogba has been a big hit since arriving at Juve three years ago and is under contract with the Turin giants until June 2019.

Allegri, meanwhile, firmly believes that his club has uncovered a real gem in Spanish striker Alvaro Morata.

The player left Real Madrid in search of more playing time last summer and revealed himself this season to be one of the most dangerous strikers in European football.

"If we must sell him, I hope the club at least gets 70 to 80 million euros for him," Allegri said. "This is Morata's current value.

"I think we must focus on him and also on (Juventus forward Kingsley) Coman, another youngster with excellent skills, that needs a bit more time to reach his top level."

Morata scored twice against Real Madrid to knock his former club out of the Champions League semi-finals and also scored in his team's 3-1 defeat to Barcelona in the final of the European competition.

Real, who sold the 22-year-old to the the Italian giants last summer for 20million euro (£14.7million), have the option to buy him back for a set fee of 30million euro (£22.1million) this summer.

Allegri is also uncertain on whether he will have Carlos Tevez in his team for the 2015-16 campaign.

The Argentinian forward is under contract with Juve for another year but has been linked with former team Boca Juniors while Atletico Madrid are also keen to sign the 31-year-old during the summer transfer window.

"It's Tevez's choice," Allegri said. "But those who will stay must know that the work we will do next season will be even more intense than what we have done this campaign.

"I don't want players that stop and look at what we have achieved in the past.

"This club has enjoyed four exceptional seasons and there's no reason why we cannot repeat what we have done or even do better in the future, although it will be difficult."

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