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Italy Serie APogba 'still one of the best in the world' says Szczesny

Pogba ‘still one of the best in the world’ says Szczesny

Paul Pogba would be welcomed back at Juventus with open arms after leaving Manchester United, according to Bianconeri goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who says the midfielder remains one of the world’s finest players.

United announced on Wednesday that Pogba is to depart Old Trafford when his contract expires this month, ten years after initially leaving the Red Devils to join Juventus.

Since then, Pogba has been strongly linked with another return to a former club.

With Juve looking to add dynamism to their midfield after finishing fourth in consecutive Serie A seasons.

Pogba won four league titles with the Turin giants between 2012 and 2016, the latter two under Massimiliano Allegri,

excelling alongside Andrea Pirlo and Claudio Marchisio in the Juventus engine room.

And Szczesny claims the midfielder, who recorded more assists (38) and created more chances (231) in the Premier League than any other United player during his second spell at the club, remains an elite talent and would be an excellent signing.

He said, as reported by the Daily Mirror:

“Yes, we’d welcome him back. He did brilliantly in his last time at Juventus so he would be a great addition to the squad.

“He is a player with good calibre and experience, and he has good memories from Turin.

“Maybe over the last couple of years, the consistency of his game and the injuries didn’t help at United. But when he is fit, he is still one of the best.”

Having made a solid start to the 2021-22 season by registering four assists in a 6-1 Premier League thrashing of Leeds United, Pogba endured a frustrating campaign as United struggled to a sixth-placed finish under interim boss Ralf Rangnick.

Meanwhile, Juve legend Alessandro Del Piero believes Pogba would be the ideal player to spearhead a Bianconeri rebuild under Allegri, insisting the World Cup winner would contribute at both ends of the pitch.

10 Serie A teams scored more than the 57 league goals recorded by Juve this year, with only the departing Paulo Dybala hitting double figures, who have also lost defensive stalwart Giorgio Chiellini.

Del Piero told ESPN:

“Paul is the right player to assist Vlahovic in the attack.

“But also to protect the defence, which will lose a column like Chiellini.

“Everything will depend on what Paul wants to do.

“If he wants to return to a club where the fans love him.

“And  Juve is the right choice.

“And If he wants to fight immediately to win the Champions League, he will have to choose another team.

“The context will be very different because he was young in the first cycle at Juve.

“And protected by players like Pirlo and Marchisio, it would be the opposite this time.

“And it would be up to Paul to take the responsibility of making his teammates grow.

“However, I believe that he has grown from this point of view at United as a player.”

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