Sunday 23 October 2016

Real deny Pogba approach as Benitez confirms Napoli exit

Real Madrid have vehemently denied reports in the Italian media that they have made an approach to sign Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.

There has been speculation that Pogba (pictured) will leave the Turin giants this summer even though Juve are keen to keep the 22-year-old.

Italian media reported that Real were willing to offer Pogba a five-year contract, earning €10million net per season.

A statement from the club read: "Following reports published in Italian newspaper La Stampa concerning an alleged offer from Real Madrid for the player Paul Pogba, the club wishes to state the following: Real Madrid have had no contact either with Juventus or the player's agent and, as a consequence, the reports published in this newspaper are completely false."

Pogba has been a big hit since arriving at Juve from Manchester United in 2012.

The France international is tied to the Turin giants until June 2019.

Pogba played a major role in helping Juventus clinch their third successive Scudetto last season, scoring seven goals and setting up seven more in 36 Serie A appearances for the Bianconeri.

Meanwhile, Rafael Benitez announced that he will leave Napoli at the end of the season after two years in charge.

The Spanish coach has been linked with Real Madrid, who parted company with coach Carlo Ancelotti on Monday.

Madrid-born Benitez said: "My contract with Napoli was a two-year deal. A contract that will end on Sunday after the game against Lazio. I want to thank the club, its president and the fans for what you have done for me. I want to say goodbye to this club."

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