Paul Pogba has been reflecting on his time at Juventus after signing for Manchester United, likening his four years in Turin a “holiday”.
The Frenchman left Old Trafford in 2012 for £800,000 and returns to Manchester for a world record sum of £89m.
Since leaving Man United, Pogba has risen to global prominence and earned the admiration of millions around the world for his indomitable prowess at the heart of Juventus’ midfield.
On his return to Old Trafford, the 23-year-old claimed his time in Juventus felt like nothing more than a holiday from his real home – United.
“I’m back home and it’s something crazy, it’s really crazy, I cannot explain,” he said.
“I’m very, very happy, the feeling I have in my body. I can’t wait to start.
“It’s just like… as I told you… it looks like I went for a holiday and I came back home. I was meant to come back here. I feel this. I always had this United thing in my heart and that’s why I came back. I’m happy, just happy.”
With any major signing from a foreign league, they require some time to settle in, and sometimes don’t fully hit their stride until the second season – a good example being Memphis Depay, perhaps.
But this won’t be the case with Pogba: in his interview, what is perhaps most striking – aside from his slight Manchester accent – is how comfortable and happy he looks, as if fully aware that Manchester is his natural habitat – an environment that he can thrive in.
He is unlikely to feature against Bournemouth this weekend due to a lack of match fitness, but the United’s first home game of the season, against Southampton on August 19, promises to be a momentous occasion, with all four signings and Jose Mourinho making their bow at the Theatre of Dreams.