Juventus exec ranks economic stability above keeping starlet Paul Pogba, says Serie A no longer a top league
Oct 10, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT
Just a year ago, Juventus snatched 20-year-old Paul Pogba from the clutches of Manchester United
Now, it appears the Italian giants are resigned to the fact that the club admitted economic stability is such a priority that they could not refuse a big-money big for the youngster should one arrive in the near future.
Said Juventus president Andrea Agnelli, “I am trying to think what will be of us in two or three years’ time if we get a massive offer for one of the best talents we have today – Pogba, the French 20-year-old. Would we be able to retain him? I don’t know. I don’t think at the moment we have the strength to retain such a player. You can be attractive, but you also need to have economic strength.”
Agnelli didn’t stop there, casting doubts over the current status of Italy’s top professional league. “Italy is no longer a final destination, but a transit destination.”
Rumors have swirled that Pogba is nearing a contract extension with Juventus, but Agnelli reiterated that no contract – short or long – would be able to keep a big offer from turning both the player’s and club’s head.
The French wonderkid has scored three goals for the Bianconeri across all competitions so far this season. It created a major stir in the English game when Manchester United decided to allow Pogba to leave instead of resign him, and his solid play this season is only causing to increase the critics of the decision.
Naturally, Agnelli’s quotes were directed in the direction of Pogba, but the overriding theme was that this could have an effect on many star players, not just this one situation. His assessment of the Serie A’s standing in world football is an interesting one, considering the success Juventus has had across the world platform in recent years.
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