Juventus CEO Marotta Issues Paul Pogba Hands-Off Warning

Juventus director general and sports department CEO Giuseppe Marotta has warned away suitors, including La Liga heavyweights Real Madrid, on making a move on the club’s star midfielder Paul Pogba.

Real Madrid are thought to be in pole position to snap up Pogba once the transfer window re-opens in the summer, with the Bianconeri yet to renew Pogba’s current contract, which is set to expire in 2016.

Pogba, 21, has become a pivotal part of Juventus’ midfield since he joined the club in the summer of 2012 after a stint with defending Premier League champions Manchester United.

This season alone, Pogba has been in 42 matches total for manager Antonio Conte’s Juventus, scoring eight goals and tallying 12 assists – definitely not a bad return for a central midfielder of such a young age.

And it is only logical that Juventus will want to keep hold of their midfielder, with Marotta keen to remind everybody of it as he told Italian outlet Sportmediaset: “Juventus will be buying, not selling.”

As for the issue of the club still not able to tie down Pogba to a more rigid long-term contract, Marotta has hinted the club is not in such a hurry to seal a new deal, saying: “There are factors we must respect to ensure the club will maintain some balance and sustainability.”

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