Manchester United have announced the signing of Paul Pogba for a world-record £100 million. The 23-year-old Pogba has signed a bumper £290,000-per-week, five-year contract, with the option to extend for a further year. HE will wear the No 6 shirt.
The official statement on the Manchester United website read:
Paul, 23, has been with Juventus for four seasons, making 124 appearances and scoring 28 goals. He joined the Bianconeri from United in 2012.
The midfielder has been capped by France on 38 occasions, scoring 6 goals and was a member of the recent squad that reached the final of Euro 2016.
Pogba left United for Juventus in 2012 having made just seven senior appearances in all competitions, all from the bench.
He went on to help Juventus win four Serie A titles and two Italian Cups while he also helped them reach the 2014-15 Champions League final. He helped France finish runners-up at Euro 2016 this summer.
The midfielder released his own statement adding:
“I am delighted to rejoin United. It has always been a club with a special place in my heart and I am really looking forward to working with José Mourinho.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Juventus and have some fantastic memories of a great club with players that I count as friends. But I feel the time is right to go back to Old Trafford.
I always enjoyed playing in front of the fans and can’t wait to make my contribution to the team. This is the right club for me to achieve everything I hope to in the game.”
Opening up on the signing of Pogba after Sunday’s Community Shield victory over Leicester, United boss Jose Mourinho said:
‘United is the perfect club to bring him to the level he wants to be.’
Mourinho added: ‘The Premier League is the perfect habitat for that. If you want to be the best player in the world, if you go to Barcelona or Real Madrid you are in trouble because I don’t think the other two big guys (Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo) will let you.
‘Here he is in the most seen, worldwide, championship which is absolutely incredible, with a team which wants to bring Manchester United to the top again.
‘We have everything to give him and we know the reasons why he wants to come to us.
‘Money he would get at any big club. He comes because he knows the club, knows the city, many of the players and wants to be an important part of the project.
‘Hopefully everything goes well.’