Paul Pogba confirms Juventus return after leaving Manchester United

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Juventus have completed the signing of Paul Pogba, who joins the club from Manchester United for the second time in his career.

The France international midfielder, 29, returns to the Turin club on a free transfer after his Old Trafford contract expired, bringing an end to an underwhelming six-year second spell there.

Pogba arrived in Italy on a private jet on Friday and his medical took place on Saturday before he put pen to paper on his latest Juventus deal.

Juventus then officially announced his return in a statement on Monday.

Juventus have confirmed the return of Paul Pogba to the club on a free transfer

Juventus have confirmed the return of Paul Pogba to the club on a free transfer

Pogba returns to the Turin club after six seasons away with Manchester United

He was obviously delighted to pull on the famous black and white stripes once again

Pogba returns to the Turin club after six seasons away with Manchester United and was obviously delighted to pull on the famous black and white stripes once again

The France midfielder, 29, poses outside the Jmedical center ahead of tests on Saturday

The France midfielder, 29, poses outside the Jmedical center ahead of tests on Saturday

The returning star was given a warm welcome by Juventus supporters at the weekend

The returning star was given a warm welcome by Juventus supporters at the weekend

The club welcomed Pogba back to the club in a slick social media video on Monday morning

The club welcomed Pogba back to the club in a slick social media video on Monday morning

It read: ‘When we say goodbye after an intense adventure shared together, there is always a glimmer of hope that we will see each other again, sooner or later.

‘With Paul that is exactly what has happened. In 2016 our paths parted after four incredible years.

‘Years in which a talented young French player went from making his First Team debut when still a teenager to scoring his first goal less than a month after making his bow.

‘Years in which we learned to hold our breath in anticipation every time we saw him take aim from outside the box, because we knew how it could, and often did, end – with a roar of joy.

To be precise, Paul scored 14 times from outside the penalty area in his four Serie A seasons, head to head with Miralem Pjanic at the top of that specific scoring chart.

‘Years in which Pogba emerged as a world-class talent, winning trophy after trophy in the black and white stripes, and coming close to Champions League glory in 2015.

Pogba posted a picture of him smiling alongside Leonardo Bonucci in a Juventus jersey

Pogba posted a picture of him smiling alongside Leonardo Bonucci in a Juventus jersey

The 29-year-old Frenchman was also captured alongside Italy midfielder Manuel Locatelli

The 29-year-old Frenchman was also captured alongside Italy midfielder Manuel Locatelli

He set up 12 goals in his last season in Turin to leave with a tally of 34 goals scored and 32 assists provided, making him a direct participant in 66 goals overall.

‘Then we said goodbye, and in the meantime his talent and power came to the fore when as an integral part of his national side he contributed to France’s World Cup 2018 triumph.

Although we parted ways, we never really forgot about each other, and there is something ancestral in the call that after a thousand adventures eventually leads you back home.

‘Paul is back in Turin. He left as a boy and returns as a man and a champion, but there is one thing that has not changed – the desire to write unforgettable pages of club history together once more.

‘Pogba is back and we couldn’t be happier.’

Paul Pogba teased that he is on the cusp of joining Juventus on a free transfer

The Frenchman told fans in Italian 'see you soon' while on board a private jet

Paul Pogba teased that he is on the cusp of joining Juventus on a free transfer on Friday

It has been reported that Pogba has agreed a four-year contract with the Italian giants.

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‘I’m back, I’m here, I’m very, very happy. I can’t wait to get started and wear this Juventus jersey again,’ Pogba told the club’s Twitter account after jetting back from Miami.

Pogba will hope to replicate the success of his four-year stint with Juventus between 2012 and 2016, which saw him win four consecutive Serie A titles and establish a reputation as one of the world’s most dynamic midfielders.

It was this form that persuaded United to break the world transfer record to bring him back to Manchester in the summer of 2016.

The £89million man helped Jose Mourinho’s team win the Europa League and the EFL Cup during his first season back but further silverware eluded him.

The 29-year-old also gave fans a brief glimpse of his flight path from Miami to Italy

The 29-year-old also gave fans a brief glimpse of his flight path from Miami to Italy

Pogba, who scored 39 times in 226 matches during his second spell at United, came to symbolize their decline from a title-challenging force to struggling to make the top six.

It ended in acrimony, with Pogba jeered as he left the pitch during a match with Norwich at Old Trafford, with frustrated United fans chanting ‘f*** off Pogba’ as he cupped his ear in response.

Ahead of his second exit, Pogba has also irked United supporters for perhaps the final time after clips of his new documentary were released earlier this month.

One section of the documentary shows Pogba and his late agent Mino Raiola discussing a £300,000-a-week contract offer from the Red Devils, which he branded ‘nothing’.

Pogba returns to Turin having won four Serie A titles in four seasons at Juve from 2012-2016

Pogba returns to Turin having won four Serie A titles in four seasons at Juve from 2012-2016

Pogba's (left) has been working out with fellow free agent Paulo Dybala (right) in Miami this week

Pogba’s (left) has been working out with fellow free agent Paulo Dybala (right) in Miami this week

‘How can you tell a player you absolutely want him and offer him nothing?’ he said. ‘Never seen that.’

To compound matters for United fans, Pogba received a £3.78 million loyalty bonus as he left the club.

The 2018 World Cup winner will hope to resurrect his career in the familiar surroundings of Turin and also restore Juventus to the status of title challengers after success for the two Milan clubs of late.

Having worked out with former Juventus star Paulo Dybala in the United States this week, Pogba was filmed gleefully rubbing his hands together during his flight back to Turin, saying ‘it’s time’ on Instagram.

In the same video of himself on the private jet, Pogba used the hashtag ‘PogAlmostBack’ – a reference to the ‘PogBack’ phrase United used when they themselves re-signed him six years ago.

The midfielder's six seasons at Man United have been marred by injuries and inconsistency

The midfielder’s six seasons at Man United have been marred by injuries and inconsistency

He was a popular figure during his first spell at Juventus, helping them win four Scudettos

He was a popular figure during his first spell at Juventus, helping them win four Scudettos

Wearing black and white – Juventus’ colors – Pogba says to the camera: ‘It’s time…it’s time. Yes sir. Ci vediamo presto’ – which translates in Italian to ‘see you soon’.

He also briefly showed fans a glimpse of his flight path from Miami to presumably Turin.

Juventus are set for the pre-season tour of the United States later this month.

They play Mexican club Guadalajara in Las Vegas on July 22, Barcelona in Dallas on July 26 and Real Madrid in Los Angeles on July 30 as part of the Soccer Champions Tour.

They will open their league campaign at home to Sassuolo on August 15.

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