Paul Pogba officially joins Juventus from Manchester United.

Paul Pogba officially joins Juventus from Manchester United.
Paul Pogba officially joins Juventus from Manchester United.

Paul Pogba’s contract with Manchester United ended, and he has returned to Juventus on a four-year agreement.

Before making a then-record £89 million deal to United in 2016, the 29-year-old France midfielder had twice won the Serie A championship with the Italian powerhouses.

Prior to the announcement on Monday, he took a Friday flight to Turin for his checkup.

Pogba’s last game for United came on April 19 due to an injury, and this summer he was a free agent when he and the team were unable to reach a new contract agreement.

Beginning in June, the team announced that he will depart Old Trafford this summer.

Pogba stated in a video posted on Juventus’ social media: “As you can see, I’m thrilled to be back and am eager to work with you to start winning championships. We’ll all be together on the field at the stadium.”

Juve stated: “There is always a ray of optimism that we will run into each other again, sooner or later, when we say farewell after an intense journey that we had.

“One thing has not changed between his departure as a youngster and his return as a man and a champion: his desire to once again contribute to the legendary pages of the club’s history.

Pogba is back, and we are overjoyed.

The EFL Cup and Europa League were won by the Red Devils in Pogba’s first season back at the club, but they would turn out to be the only trophies he would win during his second stint. Pogba joined the United academy in 2009 from Le Havre as a 16-year-old.

He was demoted from vice captain in 2018 after a dispute with Jose Mourinho, the then-manager of United, before his effect was diminished by injuries and inconsistent play.

Pogba, who has 91 international appearances, played a key role in France’s victory against Croatia at the 2018 World Cup.

He has eight goals in 91 appearances over the previous three seasons, with one coming from 27 last term. He scored 16 goals for United in the 2018–19 season.

Over the course of his two stints at the club, Pogba made 233 appearances and scored 39 goals, but during his farewell home game against Norwich City in April, United fans booed him when he was replaced.

For the second consecutive year, Juventus came in fourth in Serie A, 16 points behind champions AC Milan.

For the nine seasons prior, they had won the Italian championship, with Pogba playing a significant part in each of their victories from 2012–13 to 2015–16.

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