Tottenham boss Conte responds to Richarlison's explosive interview
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Tottenham manager Antonio Conte reportedly pulled the plug on a deal to sign Paul Pogba last year after the midfielder left Manchester United as a free agent. The playmaker was keen to make the move to London, though was forced to weigh up his alternative options and eventually headed back to Juventus.
Pogba endured a tricky time at Old Trafford, failing to ever truly justify his £89million price tag in the Premier League. The Frenchman showed glimmers of true class, though the writing was on the wall for a while that his future did not lie with the club.
The 30-year-old has had very little luck since leaving the Red Devils, making just two appearances for Juve since heading back to the Serie A. Pogba has suffered with several injuries since returning to the Allianz Arena, with his latest setback coming earlier this week.
But the 2018 World Cup winner may be wondering whether he would have had such luck if he remained in the Premier League, as he reportedly desired. According to journalist Massimo Brambati, Pogba was keen to join Tottenham over the summer and reunite with Conte, but the feeling was not mutual.
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He explained to TMW: “I wonder: is there anyone co-responsible in this situation (injuries)? Whoever took him is responsible. I know that his first choice was Antonio Conte’s Tottenham but the coach said no to Paratici to this option.”
Pogba spent time with Conte at Juventus, with the former Chelsea boss helping him get his career back on track after leaving United as a free agent for the first time. However, the Spurs manager may not have believed that he could reignite the fire in the stomach of his former star.
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Juventus have been forced to be patient with Pogba, though manager Massimiliano Allegri still feels that the midfielder will have a big future at the club. Talking about his recent injury earlier this week, he explained: “This morning while he was taking free kicks he felt discomfort in his adductor, he stopped.
“Tomorrow we will see the extent of the damage. Tonight he could have given us a hand, but we are waiting for him, it’s a year like this anyway, these things happen in life too. He must be good and strong to get up and want to return to the player he was before.”
The newfound injury was speculated to be the final straw and that Juve would consider terminating his contract as a result, though they have been ruled as false.
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