Paul Pogba has revealed why he snubbed a move away from Juventus this summer, with Chelsea and Barcelona interested in acquiring his service. The French international midfielder was subject to interest from various top clubs around Europe, but chose to remain in Turin at least for another season.
The former Manchester United player has established himself as one of the best central midfielders in the world, since joining the Serie A giants on a free transfer in 2012. He has gone on to win three consecutive league titles since his arrival and has now taken on the mantle of a senior figure in the Juventus midfield following the departures of Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal to New York City FC and Bayern Munich respectively.
According to Gazzetta Dello Sport, the French midfielder rejected a deadline day €85m (£62.2m, $95.2m) move to Chelsea, who have been on his trail since last summer. Pogba has admitted that it was not the right time to leave the club, but has given hope to interested clubs come the end of the 2015/16 campaign.
"It was not the right time for me to go, and I could very well remain at Juventus. Right now, I'm still happy to be there. We will finish the season and then we'll see again," Pogba told Telefoot, as quoted by Goal.com
"Has a Barca deal been struck in January? I don't know, for now I'm at Juventus and I'm focused only on them because we haven't started well. As for the rest, we'll see," the French midfielder added.
However, interested clubs will have to be prepared to break the bank to sign the midfielder next summer after Juventus director general Giuseppe Marotta warned that he will cost even more after this season. The Serie A club chief believes that it will take a bid of over €100m (£73.2m, $112.1m) to sign Pogba in a year's time.
"We decided to keep Pogba despite significant offers from foreign clubs. In future, he will be worth over €100 million," Marotta said, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.
"I've noticed how the Premier League has become richer, and we've seen clubs buying players for what would have been crazy prices until recently, but are very normal today. If Pogba continues his performance of last season, I think next year, €100 million will not suffice," the Juventus director general added.