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Friday February 13 2015
Emerson fires Madrid warning to Pogba

Former Real Madrid midfielder Emerson has urged Juventus star Paul Pogba to take caution before considering a move to Los Blancos.

The ex-Brazil international followed Fabio Capello to the Santiago Bernabeu in wake of the 2006 Calciopoli scandal, which saw the Old Lady relegated to Serie B, but only lasted a season in the Spanish capital.

“When I left Turin in 2006 to follow [Fabio] Capello to Spain, Juve were in a different situation than their current one,” the Puma began to Tuttosport.

“Calciopoli had just broken and the club needed to raise funds by selling players.

“I accepted Real’s offer, aware that I was joining one of the most important clubs in the world, but now I’d act differently. I was fine at Juve and I’m sorry I left.

“It’s just my personal experience. Each case is different and each player has to decide in accordance with their feelings at that moment, but [for Pogba] to leave Turin next summer would be different than [me leaving] in 2006.

“Real Madrid will always be one of the top clubs in the world, but Juve have since returned to their traditional levels.

“They’re dominating in Italy and aim to succeed in Europe, and if Pogba remains then with the likes of [Carlos] Tevez, [Andrea] Pirlo, [Arturo] Vidal and maybe another great striker, the distance between themselves and other superpowers will shorten.

“It depends on what Pogba wants. One thing is certain: when you change team, everything starts from scratch.

"Pogba is protected and comfortable at Juve and has a phenomenon like Pirlo who’s near him and helps him.

“Paul is a bit like a son to Juventus. If I were him, I’d think 10 times before leaving such a situation.

“At Real Madrid or Barcelona, he’d be reduced to zero and expected to prove his quality quickly.

“The fans at Real are demanding, like everyone at the club. At Madrid, a new player must always make a difference, even more so if he’s purchased with the label of ‘Mr €100m’.

“Cristiano Ronaldo, after all the records he’s established, will always have the support of the fans, while for a new player who arrives at the Bernabeu, it becomes hard for them if they don’t start well.”

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