Jose Mourinho is delighted with the signing of Paul Pogba and said he can be ‘at the heart’ of Manchester United for the next decade.
The 23-year-old, who left the Red Devils for Juventus in 2012 having made just seven senior appearances in all competitions for the club, all from the bench, has rejoined the club on a five-year contract with the option of a sixth season after United agreed a world record £89million deal with the Italian champions.
United boss, Mourinho, has already significantly strengthened the squad he inherited from Louis van Gaal this summer with the likes of defender Eric Bailly, star forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic and midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan already on board.
However the Portuguese claims the arrival of Pogba was the deal which he was desperate to get over the line not just to boost this coming season’s Premier League title push, but for the club’s long-term ambitions.
“Paul is one of the best players in the world and will be a key part of the United team I want to build here for the future,” Mourinho said.
“He is quick, strong, scores goals and reads the game better than many players much older than he is. At 23, he has the chance to make that position his own here over many years.
“He is young and will continue to improve; he has the chance to be at the heart of this club for the next decade and beyond.”
Pogba has only recently returned from his summer break after helping France reach the final of Euro 2016 so it is not known if he will feature in United’s Premier League opener at Bournemouth on Sunday.
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