Paul Pogba has revealed that the London duo tried to sign him before he moved to Juventus last summer.
Not many star players get away from the grips of Sir Alex Ferguson - but one who certainly did was midfielder Paul Pogba. Signed as a teenager in a controversial deal from Le Havre, in which United were almost taking to transfer embargo territory by the irate French outfit, he was supposed to be a long-term fixture at Old Trafford.
However, when his contract ran out in 2012 he decided that first-team opportunities wetre few and far between at United - and rejected a new contract to stay with the c lub.
This summer he has been linked with several teams after a sensational season with Juventus in Serie A - the club where he ended up in June last year.
Now, the 20-year-old is a fully fledged French international and a regular feature in one of Europe’s leading teams - becoming one that got away for the Old Trafford hierarchy.
This summer he has even been linked with a move back to the Premier League - with rsenal and Chelsea said to be keen.
But this is not the first time the London duo have been interested in his services - it seems they were in the running a year ago along with AC Milan.
However Pogba revealed he rejected them due to his love for Juve, and the historical success of French players such as Zinedine Zidane, Didier Deschamps and Michel Platini.
“Since childhood I’ve always liked Juve and supported that team. For the French this club means a great deal, as so many French champions played in Turin, so that’s why I liked them. Sir Alex Ferguson tried to keep me at Manchester United, but he didn’t get very far. Were other clubs tracking me? Yes, but I only had Juve in my mind. At the time I heard from Chelsea, Arsenal and Milan, but nobody is like Juve. I am happy to be here and I want to win many trophies with this jersey.”
It seems he is talking about last summer, rather than as recently as last month in regards to this rejection, but it might go some way to explain the reported interest from both Arsenal and Chelsea, as the rearing of old curiosity rather than anything more concrete.
But for now, it seems Pogba is at the Bianconeri to stay.
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