“I don’t hide the fact that as a child I dreamed of playing for Arsenal and FC Barcelona.”
Those were reportedly the words of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba in a recent interview with Italian magazine Republica. And they would have been music to the ears of Gunners fans.
While the Frenchman was seemingly happy in Turin, his childhood dream meant there was a chance, however slim, that he could one day be turning out at the Emirates Stadium.
Of course there was the small matter of his other dream – to turn out for the La Liga giants – but that could be overlooked for the benefit of daydreams and what-ifs.
Since his less-than-amicable departure from Manchester United, Pogba has quickly become one of the best young midfielders in Europe. You could probably even delete the ‘young’ from that sentence, given his outstanding progress for both Juventus and his national team.
But while rumours continue to link him with this club and that, Juve’s Director General Beppe Marotta has moved to quash such speculation once and for all.
In response to a reported offer for the player from PSG, Marotta told Tuttosport, “We’ve no intention of selling Pogba. On the contrary, he’ll renew his contract.”
That is a bold statement, and one that indicates the 20-year-old will remain in Turin for some time to come.
Given his age, he has years to explore other leagues. And his talent suggests he surely will. While his time at United suggests he may have unfinished business in England, something Arsenal could one day benefit from.
Who is to say he will not ultimately achieve both his dreams? After all, he has both the talent and the time to do so.
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