Pogba would prefer to stay at Juventus – Allegri

Juventus' French midfielder Paul Pogba reacts after missing a goal opportunity during the UEFA Champions League Group D football match Sevilla FC vs Juventus at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on December 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP / CRISTINA QUICLER

Manchester United’s hopes of landing Paul Pogba has been dealt some blow after Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has said the midfielder wants to remain at the club to win the Champions League.

The 23-year old France midfielder is currently on holiday in the United States after featuring for France at the Euros, but has been constantly linked with a move back to the club he left in 2012.

Reacting to the reports, Allegri stated that Pogba would rather stay at one of the continents ‘big four clubs’, in a subtle dig at United, who will not play in the Champions League next season having finished outside the top four last term.

“I am calm about the English rumours,’ Allegri told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Anyone who has the opportunity to leave Juventus has to consider things very carefully, because right now Juve are among the top four European clubs.

“This is not a selling club that just lets its players go. Pogba belongs to Juve and at the end of the day he too will want to win another Scudetto and hopefully the Champions League.

“We have grown in terms of appeal and awareness of our own capabilities. So far our market this summer has been eight out of 10, bringing in players of international pedigree like Medhi Benatia, Dani Alves and Miralem Pjanic,” Allegri said.

Pogba is valued at over a £100m and while it remains unclear if United have made any official bid for him, that hasn’t stopped the rumours from linking him with a return to Old Trafford.

And the rumours were heightened when he said United is his ‘first family’, prompting reports that he had agreed a deal to quit the Italian champions.

But Juventus have insisted that no bid have been made, and the player is expected back in Turin at the end of his holidays.