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Move to United a backward step for Pogba, says Allegri

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri believes Pogba will stay in Italy despite rumours linking him with Manchester United and Real Madrid

Massimiliano Allegri, junto a Paul Pogba, durante un partido de la Juventus.
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Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri trusts that Paul Pogba will stay at Juventus, despite rumours to the contrary, and has suggested that a move to Manchester United would a backward step for the player.

Pogba, who is contracted at Juventus until 2019, has been linked with Real Madrid as well as José Mourinho's side at Old Trafford. "I am calm about the English rumours," Allegri told Gazzetta dello Sport. "Anyone who has the opportunity to leave Juventus has to consider things very carefully, because right now Juve are among the top four European clubs.

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"This is not a selling club"

"This is not a selling club that just lets its players go. Pogba belongs to Juve and at the end of the day he too will want to win another Scudetto and hopefully the Champions League," Allegri added.

"We have grown in terms of appeal and awareness of our own capabilities. So far our market this summer has been eight out of 10, bringing in players of international pedigree like Medhi Benatia, Dani Alves and Miralem Pjanic."