Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has mocked Sir Alex Ferguson over his decision to allow Paul Pogba to leave Manchester United.
Pogba has developed into one of the sport’s brightest talents in his three years at Juventus, who he joined after being allowed to quit Old Trafford on a free transfer.
Pogba was frustrated by the amount of first-team chances he received from Ferguson as well as being unhappy at the terms of a new contract on the table with the Premier League club.
He will be in Champions League action on Wednesday when his side take a 2-1 advantage into the second leg of their semi-final clash with Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.
Before that match, team-mate Buffon said in the Daily Express: “I have been in football many years but the decision of Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United to not play Pogba and let him leave is one of the strangest I have ever seen.
“After just a few training sessions we saw how good he was. it cannot have been the same player they saw in Manchester – we thought they maybe needed glasses.
“I have never seen a player who is so good at his age, he is so strong, so technically gifted, has exceptional all-round play.
“Pogba can do things only Pogba can, similar to Messi and Ronaldo. United let one of the top players in the world leave but that has been only good news for us.”
Manchester City are one of a number of clubs linked with a move for the 22-year-old, but Buffon feels only a world record transfer fee would tempt Juventus into selling.
“Of course he will be linked with the teams with big money like Chelsea, Real Madrid, PSG and City, but at the moment he is achieving dreams at Juventus,” Buffon added.
“If any team wanted to buy him I would feel sure they would have to break the world record fee.”