Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba donned a Juventus shirt to show support for his France team-mate Blaise Matuidi – who recently tested positive for coronavirus.
The Old Lady midfielder became the second player from the Italian giants to contract the virus amid the deadly outbreak in Italy and across Europe.
Pogba paid tribute to his close pal Matuidi
In a clip on his Instagram page, Pogba trained wearing a Juve jersey with ‘Matuidi 14’ on the back.
Fellow Man United man Victor Lindelof also features in the video – and the Swede trained in a Sampdoria shirt with ‘Ekdal 6’ in support of his fellow Sweden star Albin Ekdal.
Pogba, who used to play for Juventus and has been regularly linked with a return, is working his way back to fitness following an ankle injury which kept him out for most of the season before it was suspended by coronavirus.
The Red Devils star has been active in the fight against coronavirus, offering football fans advice on how to behave during the crisis.
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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 cè nessunaltra ragione ).
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While Pogba was not team-mates with Matuidi during his time at Juventus, the pair are close friends due to their exploits with the World Cup-winning French national team.
In an emotional Instagram post, Matuidi wrote: “I am positive.
“Usually I like to think I’m positive. Someone who tries to radiate good waves around him, my family, my friends, my team-mates.
“Today I remain positive. I am an asymptomatic carrier of the virus, aware of the privilege of being a professional footballer and as such benefit from regular and excellent medical monitoring.
“If it weren’t, I probably never would have known.
Pogba used to turn out in the Juve jersey every week
“I am positive, I am strong, morale is good, that of my family too.
“I am positive, we will come out collectively stronger from this test, it will teach us to know each other better, to be more united, more generous, better.
“Thank you for your messages of friendship and support. Let’s stay disciplined and united so that we can soon cuddle our children, take our parents in their arms, check our brothers and sisters and celebrate goals with our teammates.
“I am positive, we will do it.”