Paul Pogba has hit back at claims he described his four-year spell at Juventus as ‘a holiday’.
Pogba, the Manchester United midfielder, joined Juventus in 2012 and went on to win four Serie A titles before returning to Old Trafford for a world-record £89m during the summer.
Last week, Pogba was quotes as saying he ‘went on holiday and just came back’ but was forced to clarify that comment on Monday.
“Everything can be distorted,” Pogba said. “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 willing 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.
“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. They made me feel at 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.”
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