Now a world champion, Paul Pogba wants to continue the progress he made in Russia and step out of Jose Mourinho’s tactical shadow at Manchester United, cast as debilitating by many, and return to Juventus.
Events at the World Cup served to enhance the midfielder’s understanding of his own game and thus how different his style is from the mantra demanded of him at Old Trafford.
And with Cristiano Ronaldo now situated in Turin, Pogba is understood to have informed United, via his agent Mino Raiola, that he wants to leave and play once again for the Old Lady.
The fact that the Red Devils paid around 114 million euros for the Frenchman just two years ago complicates any departure but Pogba believes that Juve is the place to be.
Indeed, his best football came in Italy before his return to Lancashire and Raiola has spent the last month looking for alternative clubs to ply his trade with.
Barcelona were sounded out but discussions failed to progress past initial consultations.
United are determined to hold onto their record signing and thus Pogba faces a fight to leave, with himself and Sergio Romero the only of Raiola’s players still at the club after a number of his clients joined in the summer of 2016.