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Matuidi: I spoke to Pogba before making Juventus move

Blaise Matuidi admits talking to Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba about Juventus before making the move.

Former PSG star Matuidi arrived this season, but had been in advanced negotiations for a transfer in 2016.

“I talked a lot with Paul [Pogba]. He told me a lot of good things about this club. Their desire to win, their rigour, their work ethic and high standards.

“I exchanged information with Pat [Evra] who also told me only good things. And the national team Coach [Didier Deschamps] also passed through there.

“On the first day I discovered J-Medical. There, I was shocked! All those machines, all the medical staff… There's absolutely everything here, it's extraordinary.

“Right away I released they left nothing to chance, and that's the mark of the great teams. I saw several doctors, and each one specialised in one part of the body. If you have a problem with your hand, don't worry, here's a hand specialist.

“They checked me for everything. And the follow-up is very much tailored to the individual. When I arrived I wasn't too used to working in the gym. We must tell the truth here: we, the French - with some exceptions - don't like working too hard outside of training.

“Here I got the taste for that kind of work. The strength in my upper and lower body, the way of positioning myself… After a few months I'm already noticing that it's doing me a lot of good."

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