For the better part of the last two summers, one of the most-asked questions put in Beppe Marotta's direction has had to do with the future of one Paul Labile Pogba. With Pogba being looked upon to star at the European Championships on his home turf in France and the possibility of Europe's big-money clubs making an absurdly huge bid for his services, it's not like the world of football media is going to slow down their talk of Pogba potentially wearing something other than bianconero next season.
Despite all of this, Pogba was again one of the topics Marotta hit on yesterday. I mean, hey, it's the end of March and the summer months are just a few short flips of the calendar away. That means non-stop transfer talk, right? Not if Beppe Marotta has anything to do with it.
"Pogba is a Juventus player and still has an ongoing contract with us," Marotta said. "Plus he has also told us about his intention to stay with us. All the conditions are there for him to continue with Juventus for the upcoming years.
"The Juventus jersey is something you honour right until the end. It is not a foregone conclusion yet that he will stay at Juventus, because nothing is ever guaranteed in football, but it is highly likely that he will stay put."
One could now sit back and relax because Marotta, a man known to stick to his word, is stating that Pogba won't be going anywhere this summer even though there will likely be a good amount of offers worth lots of money coming Juve's direction. But, this won't be the last time Marotta will say that Pogba isn't going anywhere despite whatever is being floated out there or what is being asked simply because of the subject matter.
We know that Pogba will be one of the most-discussed players this summer because of where the Euros are being played and all the transfer rumors that are likely to include his name. But we also know that over the last few years since Pogba Mania has taken over rumor mills everywhere, Pogba himself hasn't commented much on his future. Every now and then we'll hear or read something when Pogba is interviewed in the Italian or French press, but that's about it.
Maybe that's a good thing. Maybe it's a bad thing. Obviously, when it comes to this certain topic, Marotta will speak about it more than Pogba himself. So, I guess in that sense, it's not a huge deal that Marotta — again — has said that Pogba is staying put. I mean, unless Beppe says Pogba is leaving, it's an incredibly huge deal, that is.