Adrien Rabiot admits he is worried for his Juventus and France teammate Paul Pogba after the failed doping test. ‘He is always smiling and extroverted, but naturally this situation is weighing on him.’
The midfielder has had one nightmare after another since returning to Turin as a free agent from Manchester United, with a series of injuries, the court case involving an attempted extortion with his brother involved, then he was suspended for failing a standard Serie A doping test.
He maintains his innocence and insists any substance that boosted his testosterone levels was taken unknowingly while recuperating in the United States, but is still waiting for the verdict.
“I don’t know what will happen to him,” said Rabiot while on international duty with France.
“We talk, we had dinner before I left. Everyone knows Paul, he is always smiling and extroverted, but naturally this situation is weighing on him. I hope he can get the lightest possible sanction.
“He is disconcerted, but I think we all are by this situation. He is a great player, a great man. Facing everything he has had to face, that would be very difficult for anyone to deal with.”
Since returning to Juventus as a free agent from Manchester United in the summer of 2022, Pogba has only been able to make a handful of appearances for the club.
There were just two games in the current campaign, while last season he managed 10 games, providing one assist.