Paul Pogba has dismissed claims he called his time at Juventus a “holiday”, labelling the club the “most important” of his career.
The Man Utd midfielder, who returned to Old Trafford as the world’s most expensive signing after four years at Juventus, called United his “house” last week and suggested he always intended on coming back to the Premier League club.
“It’s my house,” said Pogba. “When I left I always knew that I would come back. For me, it’s just normal. It’s like I went on holiday and just came back. Seriously. Nothing really changed. I’m the same person.”
“Everything can be distorted,” said Pogba on Sunday. “A few days ago, I was asked how I feel about the city of Manchester and not about clubs.
“One of the reasons why I chose to come to Manchester United is because it’s where I spent my childhood and it feels like going back home.
“Juventus is the most important club of my professional career so far. On the other hand, I am wiling to prove more and working for that here.
“I am very grateful and happy for the love, trust and opportunity Juventus gave me. They played a crucial role in making me the player I am today.
“In Juventus I developed and learned and I will always be thankful for that.”
Pogba reiterated that United remains his “home” but was adamant Juventus will always be a part of him.
“I do not like or accept that my words are wrongly interpreted so let me be clear: Juventus has a special place in my heart, the tifosi, the club and the city,” he added. “They made me feel home, always supported me and are fantastic.
“At the same time, Manchester United is my childhood home and the club always had a special place in my heart. I will do my best to be successful here, make my club and fans proud of me and make my dreams come true.
“I am a positive person. Negative things are interpretations of negative people who clearly do not know who I am or what I am made of.”