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Five players who returned to their old clubs

Paul Pogba

Manchester United have signed Pogba from Juventus for a world record transfer fee. The Frenchman had joined the Red Devils from Le Havre in 2009 and stayed in the Manchester United reserves for two years before being promoted to the first team in 2011. However, he failed to make any major inroads in the senior side, and agitated for a regular place in the first team.

Sir Alex Ferguson couldn’t take the demands of a youngster and shipped the Frenchman to Juventus in the summer of 2012. In his four years in Serie A, Pogba established himself as one of the best players in the world, and has now returned to the Red Devils for an eye-watering sum.

Mario Gotze

The Germany international earned the wrath of Borussia Dortmund supporters after making a move to the club’s fierce rivals Bayern Munich in the summer of 2013. However, his move, believed to be made with a desire to play under Pep Guardiola, soon turned sour as he struggled for first team action.

Three years on, he found himself surplus to the requirements of the new Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti and has ended up back at the Westfallenstadion. It will be interesting to see how the Borussia Dortmund faithful receive their former favourite when the Bundesliga season begins.

Marco Reus

The attacking midfielder spent 12 years of his youth at Borussia Dortmund before moving to Rott Weiss Ahlen in 2006; after spending three years at his new club, he was transferred to Borussia Monchengladbach in 2009.

The Germany international became one of the hottest young prospects while at Broussia Monchengladbach, leading the then Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp to acquire him in 2012 after the Black and Yellows paid his buyout clause in a move similar to what Bayern Munich later did for Gotze. Reus has been thriving at the Westfallenstadion since.

Mats Hummels

The 2014 World Cup winner started his career at Bayern Munich, joining their youth system in 1995. However, he failed to impress the club’s coaches enough to trust him with regular appearances in the first team. He eventually moved to Borussia Dortmund on loan in 2008; the Black and Yellows made the move permanent a year later.

Hummels went on to become one of the best players at Borussia Dortmund, a crowd favourite and a defensive mainstay, eventually becoming the captain of the side. However, in a surprising move he has moved back to Bavaria earlier this summer.

Alvaro Morata

The young striker joined Real Madrid from Getafe in 2008 and spent the next six years at the Santiago Bernabeu. He went on to become one of the most talked about upcoming strikers in world football, but Real Madrid’s management were not convinced. As a consequence, he moved to Juventus in 2014 with Los Blancos inserting a buyout clause.

He flourished at Juventus and won two league titles in Italy. Real Madrid soon realised the folly of their ways and have brought the young Spain international back to their fold this summer.