Juventus chief Giuseppe Marotta: Paul Pogba is off the market

Paul Pogba

Juventus understandably want to keep hold of Paul Pogba but will approve of his exit if the French midfielder requests a move.

Juventus were always expecting a battle to keep hold of Paul Pogba this summer, with the number of reported suitors seemingly increasing by the day.

The 22-year-old France international has been linked with moves to a host of top European clubs after winning the domestic double with Juventus last season and reaching the Champions League final - with Manchester City reported to be among the leading group by the Daily Mirror.

Pogba continues to make a name for himself as one of the hottest prospects in world football. Featuring regularly in the France midfield at last summer's World Cup alerted many people in the game to his talent; how this young, giant presence played with such elegance through the middle of the pitch.

However, Juventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta insists that Pogba is off the market unless the midfielder says that he wants to leave Turin.

"He is a fundamental player in the Juventus squad," Marotta told Corriere dello Sport.

"Pogba is off the market, unless he says he wants to go. And he has not done that."

Juventus signed Pogba on a free transfer when the Frenchman fell out of favour with Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. If he was still at Old Trafford today, Louis van Gaal probably wouldn't need to be in search of a midfielder.

The Bianconeri have strengthened each season in recent years and it will be difficult to do the same if they are to lose Pogba this summer.

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