Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has hit out at “distorted” claims from the media who he accused of twisting his words.
Pogba, 23, was left unhappy with how the media had taken his tongue-in-cheek response of how he “went on holiday [to Juventus] and just came back” which he had made at an event during the week.
Juventus director Beppe Marotta laughed off Pogba’s comment and said “we want to be good-hearted in interpreting what one says,” but parts of the media had suggested it showed disrespect to the Serie A champions.
“Everything can be distorted,” Pogba wrote on social media. “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 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.”
The Frenchman has endured a difficult return to Manchester with two goals in 13 matches, and has yet to justify his £89.3 million price tag — but has shown glimpses of improvement in recent weeks as United seek to return to the glory days under Sir Alex Ferguson.
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