Italian legend Andrea Pirlo has called out the Daily Mail for what he claims to be a fake interview. The former Juventus star declared that he never gave any interview despite the publication’s quotes narrating how Juventus players were laughing at Manchester United for letting go of Paul Pogba back in 2012.
‘We were not laughing for any other reason than we were just in total disbelief that this player with so much obvious ability was able to leave a club the size of Manchester United for free — and I think Juventus are still laughing,” is one of the controversial quotes published in the Daily Mail.
Pirlo quickly took to his personal social media accounts to clarify that he never gave an interview with the Daily Mail in connection with Paul Pogba and Manchester United. He immediately discredited the interview through his Instagram and Twitter.
Just to make it clear, I never gave any interview to the daily mail talking about Pogba and Manchester pic.twitter.com/JfR7TPIw0E
— Andrea Pirlo (@Pirlo_official) August 15, 2016
The article came out in the wake of Pogba’s record-breaking return to Old Trafford for £89 million. Juventus made a good profit, considering that they practically acquired Pogba for free. Not only did they make a lot of money out of the transfer deal, Juventus also made good use of Pogba during his tenure with the club. While with the Italian giants, Pogba helped the team win four consecutive League titles in the Serie A.
Apart from Pirlo, the article also quoted Italian national team captain Gianluigi Buffon. “Did they really let him go for free?,” he allegedly said, while walking back to the dressing room following Pogba’s first Juventus training session. Buffon has not made any comments about the authenticity of his alleged statements.
Apart from his social media statements, Andrea Pirlo, who now plays for New York City FC, has not mentioned any plans for legal action against the publication. Meanwhile, Paul Pogba is gearing up to start his season with Manchester United.