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Rooney excited by Pogba prospect

Paul Pogba (FRA) during the UEFA Euro 2016 Final football match between Portugal and France on July 10, 2016 at Stade de France in Saint-Denis, France. Portugal defeated France 1-0 in extra time to win the Euro 2016. (Photo by Anthony BIBARD/FEP/Panoramic/Icon Sportswire)

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney says that the club would happily welcome back Paul Pogba should he decide to leave Juventus.

The Pogba transfer saga has been ramping up as the summer has progressed, and it seems imminent that he will make his return to Old Trafford. Pogba, 23, left Manchester back in 2012 as a free transfer to join Juventus after failing to establish himself as a first team regular under Sir Alex Ferguson.

At Juventus, the French international has blossomed into one of the best central midfielders in the world, with United reportedly breaking the £100 million mark to bring him back. And Rooney would love to see Pogba back in Manchester.

“I hope he is going to want to return to United and prove he’s a top-class player. If he is excited to play for us, we’ll be excited to have him back,” Rooney told the Daily Mail.

“I’m sure he’ll feel there is unfinished business, and it would be a very big statement by the club if they can make it happen.”

Rooney jokingly remembered Pogba’s time at the club prior to joining Juventus.

“The bruises,” Rooney said. “He was one of those players who, when you trained against him, somehow he would just hurt you. A knee in your side, bump into you, I don’t think he meant to do it, but it just happened.

“You didn’t even need to get into a tackle. Just go next to him and you’d find an elbow or some other sharp bit.

“So, if he comes, I’m looking forward to that again! But he had great ability, some of the things he could do, and he’s gone up a level since he left us.”

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