Amid departure rumors, big names urge Paul Pogba to stay

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Young French superstar Paul Pogba has exploded into a world-class player at Juventus the past two seasons.

With the 20-year-old commanding the Old Lady’s midfield, rumors have unsurprisingly flew linking him with the biggest names in soccer.

However, many are coming out of the woodwork saying they believe Pogba’s best move would be not to make one at all.

Well-known Italian coach Arrigo Sacchi believes that while the money the youngster (pictured, left) is sure to have shoved in front of him may be enticing, Pogba’s future would end up brighter if he was to turn it down.

“Paul has a lot of quality and has had the luck to arrive at Juventus at the right moment,’ Sacchi told Tuttosport. Juventus are the example of a team that multiplies the quality of the individual. When you are feeling well at a club, you should not leave. One million more or less doesn’t make someone richer or poorer. A player should primarily think about their career.”

And Sacchi isn’t the only one who is pleading with Pogba to leave money off his priorities list.

Former French international David Trezeguet is on board with the notion that club consistency is the most beneficial to a player’s career.

I have spoken very little with him,” Trezeguet told Gazzetta dello Sport. “But, for me, he should stay at Juventus. I would strongly advise him to do that. For someone like him, it is important to stay. He’s playing and Juventus are a club on the rise. They will get even better.”

At 36 years old, Trezeguet is a Juventus legend, having spent 11 seasons at Juventus Stadium and 245 appearances.  The striker, playing in Argentina at the moment, has already spoken with the Italian giants about taking up an ambassadorial role when his career is complete.

Therefore, Trezeguet is a bit biased.

Nonetheless, those are two powerful voices who would strongly support a decision by Paul Pogba to spurn big money offers he could possibly get from clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Manchester United.

Should he stay or should he go?

Soccer world reacts to the Manchester attacks

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NBC News is reporting that at least 19 people have been killed and another 50 are injured following a possible suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

Multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials who are monitoring British authorities told NBC News that preliminary reports indicate that a single explosion took place outside the arena on the southwest side opposite the train station. The explosion occurred as the concert ended, catching people as they exited.

Soccer clubs, players and personalities around the world are reacting to the horrible event.

Juventus purchases Cuadrado from Chelsea

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If you didn’t realize Juan Cuadrado still belonged to Chelsea, you’re forgiven.

The Colombian attacker will complete his second season at Juventus after the UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid, and won’t be headed back to Chelsea afterwards.

Juve has purchased Cuadrado, and the fee is $22 million, and Juve will pay it over three seasons. Cuadrado, 28, is now signed through 2020 with The Old Lady.

Cuadrado first went on loan to Juve in Aug. 2015, and has eight goals and 18 assists in 83 career appearances with the club.

Chelsea bought Cuadrado from Fiorentina for around $32 million in the January 2015 transfer window, but made just 14 appearances with the club.

Report: Jermain Defoe meeting with Bournemouth

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Sky Sports is reporting that Jermain Defoe may head back to the south of England following Sunderland’s relegation.

Defoe, 34, spent two seasons with Portsmouth between 2008-09, scoring 15 goals in 31 appearances.

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The 56-times capped England striker had a clause in his Sunderland contract allowing him to leave the Stadium of Light were the Black Cats to be relegated, as they were this season. He’d have little interest in dropping into the Championship given his desire to stay a part of the England squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

Bournemouth’s strike corps includes Joshua King, who scored the most goals of any player not on a Top Seven side this season. King’s 16 goals were one more than Defoe’s 15, though the latter scored just one goal following a brace against Crystal Palace on Feb. 4.

Chelsea’s Conte wins pair of top managerial honors

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Antonio Conte took league and national honors from the League Managers Association on Monday night.

The Chelsea boss was named Premier League Manager of the Year and Manager of the Year after leading the Blues to the PL title and an FA Cup Final in his first year on the job.

Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton nabbed another Championship boss of the year award after leading the Gulls to the Premier League. He also won the honor with Newcastle United in 2010.

The League One winner is Chris Wilder of Sheffield United. Wilder won the honor with Northampton Town last season.

In League Two, Paul Cook of Portsmouth was named the winner.