Despite a season hampered by injuries, Paul Pogba will be staying at Juventus beyond the 2022/23 season. The 30-year-old returned to the Bianconeri on a free transfer after six seasons with Manchester United, but he has struggled to reach full fitness, and after coming off injured against Cremonese, his campaign has come to an end.
According to calciomercato.com, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri still has faith in the France international, and despite the emergence of young midfielders Fabio Miretti and Nicolo Fagioli, the tactician still values his talent and experience.
Pogba displayed his importance against Sevilla
One of Pogba’s recent cameos was in Juventus‘ 1-1 draw against Sevilla in the first leg of the Europa League semi-finals. It was his header that inadvertently became an assist for Federico Gatti to score and tie the game.
Allegri has sparingly used the 30-year-old because of his fitness woes, but he was satisfied with the contribution of the French midfielder against the Rojiblancos, especially when he was given space to do damage in the opposition half.
“When matches take place in the opponent’s half of the field he is decisive and becomes an exceptional player,” the Juventus coach said after the match.
“It is clear that if he was better I would also play him from the start.”
Pogba was rewarded with a start against Cremonese, but his first start of the season was cruelly cut short due to a muscular injury.
Pogba contracted to Juventus until 2026
Pogba made just six Serie A appearances for Juventus this season and another three in the Europa League while Allegri would often use him as his final sub just to avoid any potential setbacks.
With that injury against Cremonese, his season has come to an early end and without a major international tournament to worry about, he can focus on building up his fitness for the 2023/24 season.
His contract will expire in June 2026 so he should have enough time to make his second spell in Turin worthwhile.