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Juventus agrees to new deal with Premier League transfer rumor mill mainstay Paul Pogba

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Sassuolo’s Francesco Magnanelli, right, vies for the ball with Juventus’s Paul Pogba, during their Serie A soccer match at Reggio Emilia’s Mapei stadium, Italy, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Marco Vasini)


Richer and more secure, it just became a lot more difficult for clubs to steal Paul Pogba away from Juventus.

The 21-year-old French star and former Manchester United youngster has signed a new five-year deal to stay in Turin through 2019 and, while new contracts don’t mean a player won’t skip town, the ante has been upped for the many European powers linked with a move for Pogba.

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He broke through with 9 goals and 10 assists across all competitions for Juve last season.

From the BBC:

But the Turin club’s administrator Giuseppe Marotta told shareholders the player had committed to a new deal with the Serie A champions.

Pogba joined Juve on a free transfer from Manchester United in 2012.

He accused the Old Trafford club of “disrespect” in May, claiming he was made to train alone during the contract dispute that preceded his move to Italy.

The 6-foot-2 midfielder has a goal and an assist in six Serie A matches this season, and managed the same totals in four World Cup matches with France this summer.

A smart move for both player and club that makes at least one of the two parties richer. That likely won’t matter if mega bucks clubs like PSG and Manchester City keep calling, but that’s life in big time soccer.

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