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Chelsea dealt transfer blow as Juventus clear up future of star man

Juventus director general Beppe Marotta has revealed that Paul Pogba has informed the club that he intends to stay for next season.

The 23-year-old has a contract with the Turin giants that runs until 2019, but that hasn’t prevented clubs from around Europe being paired with an interest.

However, it doesn’t appear as though he will be moving anywhere this summer, with Marotta revealing that the pair had discussed his future and had come to an agreement.

“Pogba is a Juventus player and still has an ongoing contract with us,” Marotta said, as reported by ESPN FC. “Plus he has also told us about his intention to stay with us. All the conditions are there for him to continue with Juventus for the upcoming years.

“The Juventus jersey is something you honour right until the end. It is not a foregone conclusion yet that he will stay at Juventus, because nothing is ever guaranteed in football, but it is highly likely that he will stay put.”

Such has been the midfielder’s progress since moving to Italy, he is widely considered one of the top players in his position in Europe, although he has struggled to an extent this season.

With the Bianconeri seeing the likes of Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal leave last summer, more emphasis was put on Pogba’s role in the team, as he was handed the iconic No.10 jersey.

While he has more recently began to live up to those expectations with big performances and key goals in crucial games, it hasn’t all been smooth sailing.

Nevertheless, the latest news will come as a blow to the likes of Chelsea, who as reported by the Evening Standard, had hoped to prise the French international away from the Serie A champions.

While Marotta did leave the door slightly ajar for an interested party to make their move and test their resolve, it is unlikely that the club will continue to sell their star players each summer.

Pogba remains a pivotal part of their push for a Serie A title this season, while they will also hope to add a Coppa Italia trophy when they face AC Milan in the final in May. In turn, coach Massimiliano Allegri will hope to have his influential midfielder at his disposal next year as they continue to compete for honours both at home and abroad.

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