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Chelsea Pogba: Juventus director claims midfielder has not asked to leave

Juventus executive director Beppe Marotta insists that in-demand midfielder Paul Pogba has not asked to quit the club, despite interest from Europe’s leading sides.

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Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester City are battling cash-rich Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain to secure his signature, with a stunning £158m move in the pipeline, according to the Daily Star.

However, Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio reports on his website that Marotta told Radio Anch’io Sport the France international could yet remain in Turin, and has never requested a transfer.

He said: “The player himself never said he wants to leave Juve, there aren’t the conditions for him to do so.”

Pogba looks likely to be one of the most coveted players of the upcoming summer transfer window, despite Marotta’s fighting talk.

The former Manchester United man has played a pivotal role in helping the ‘Old Lady’ retain their Serie A title and reach the semi-finals of the Champions League, where they will take on holders Real Madrid.

His contract has another four years left to run but Juve could yet be tempted to part company with him if an offer comes in which is simply too good to turn down.

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