Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed Juventus rejected offers for Paul Pogba, who he believes could eventually be worth over €100million.
Pogba has established himself as one of the most sought-after midfielders in world football since joining Juve from Manchester United in 2012, with Chelsea, Manchester City, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain all linked with the 22-year-old over the summer.
Marotta has now confirmed that Pogba was the subject of multiple bids.
“As we want to win, we have decided to keep hold of a player as important as Pogba, although we have had offers from some very important clubs,” Juve’s chief executive told a news conference.
“In the future he could be worth more than 100m euros.”
While Juve kept hold of Pogba, they lost Andrea Pirlo, Carlos Tevez and Arturo Vidal during the transfer window and have lost their opening two games of the new Serie A season.
“We’ve lost the likes of Pirlo, Tevez and Vidal, three irreplaceable players, against our will and replacing them isn’t easy,” Marotta said.
“Directors, managers and players come and go, but clubs, victories and their successes to come remain.
“It’s difficult to do better than last season as that would mean winning the Champions League, but this new Juventus has quality.
“What we do need to work on is instilling the winning mentality into this new group, because we are Juventus and it’s our duty to win both in the present day and in the future.”
Juve signed Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic, Hernanes, Sami Khedira, Alex Sandro and Juan Cuadrado over the summer but missed out on Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler despite lengthy negotiations with the German club.
“There has been a difficult dialogue with Schalke, who are a mysterious club,” Marotta added.
“They made a disproportionate request [for Draxler], £26m (36m euros) is an exaggeration and there was also the lack of interest from the player.
“I’m disappointed at the lack of negotiation, not because it did not go through.”