Manchester United star, Paul Pogba, has explained he wore a Juventus shirt to support his friend, Blaise Matuidi, who is battling the coronavirus disease.
Pogba posted a video of himself wearing a Juventus shirt while in training sparking exit speculations.
Matuidi who is Pogba’s French teammate, on Tuesday, became the second player in Juventus, after Daniele Rugani, to test positive to coronavirus.
The Juve star is recovering from the disease but Pogba showed his support for him by wearing the shirt which had his (Matuidi’s) name and jersey number 14 written at the back.
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“Supporting our Juventus and Sampdoria friends @blaisematuidiofficiel, @albinekdal and all athletes and people around the world who are facing this difficult moment,” the midfielder wrote. ⠀⠀
“Be strong, #StayAtHome and be safe 💪🏾! New training camp is called …⠀⠀
Quarantine PP Arena, open 24/7! 🏋🏾♂. Having fun working at home 🏠 with my brother @victorlindelof!”
He added, “I know the cheeky ones will talk about the Juventus jersey 😏 I’m just supporting my friends … that’s all, nothing more 😁).”
United centre-back, Victor Linderlof, also joined the Frenchman in the indoor training and wore a Sampdoria shirt to show solidarity for Swedish teammate, Albin Ekdal, who equally tested positive to coronavirus.
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🇬🇧 Supporting our Juventus and Sampdoria friends @blaisematuidiofficiel, @albinekdal and all athletes and people around the world who are facing this difficult moment.⠀ ⠀ Be strong, #StayAtHome and be safe 💪🏾!⠀⠀ ⠀ New training camp is called …⠀⠀ Quarantine PP Arena, open 24/7! 🏋🏾♂⠀⠀ Having fun working at home 🏠 with my brother @victorlindelof!⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ (I know the cheeky ones will talk about the Juventus jersey 😏 I'm just supporting my friends … that's all, nothing more 😁).⠀ ⠀ ⠀ 🇮🇹 A sostegno degli amici di Juventus e Sampdoria @blaisematuidiofficiel e @albinekdal e di tutti gli atleti e le persone del mondo⠀ ⠀ Siate forti, #StayAtHome e fate attenzione 💪🏾⠀ ⠀ Il nuovo campo di allenamento si chiama… ⠀ Quarantena PP Arena, aperto 24 ore su 24 🏋🏾♀⠀ Mi diverto ad allenarmi a casa 🏠 con il mio amico @victorlindelof!⠀ ⠀ (So che qualche malizioso parlerà del fatto che indosso la maglia della Juventus 😏, ma lo faccio solo per dare un segno di supporto al mio amico, non c’è nessun’altra ragione 😁).
The defender wore Ekdal’s Sampdoria shirt in the video which has sparked rumours of Pogba’s possible return to the Italian side.
Matuidi himself took to his Twitter account to issue an update about his treatment, saying he is “positive.”
“I am positive. I am positive, I am strong, morale is good. I am positive, we will collectively emerge stronger from this test.” the World Cup winner tweeted.
“Thank you for your messages of friendship and support. Let us remain disciplined and united. I am positive, we will do it.”
Je suis positif.
Je suis positif, je suis fort, le moral est bon.
Je suis positif, nous ressortirons collectivement plus forts de cette épreuve.
Merci pour vos messages d’amitié et de soutien. Restons disciplinés et unis.
Je suis positif, nous allons le faire. pic.twitter.com/iEEf3SMmeV
— Blaise Matuidi (@MATUIDIBlaise) March 18, 2020