Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has today opened up on his decision to return to Old Trafford last summer, revealing that he turned down the chance to join La Liga giants Real Madrid.
In one of the most highly-publicised transfers of all-time, French midfield maestro Pogba re-joined the Red Devils last summer from Juventus, having made the move to Turin on a free transfer in 2012.
Following an up-and-down first season back in Manchester, Pogba started off the current campaign in brilliant fashion, providing the dynamic, all-action presence that fans of the club had so long yearned for.
His importance to United was highlighted more clearly than ever during a recent two-month injury layoff for the Frenchman, a spell during which Jose Mourinho’s men struggled badly to gain control of the middle of the park against top sides.
His absence was also sorely felt at the weekend during the Manchester derby, when Devin De Bruyne, Fernandinho and David Silva utterly dominated Red Devils midfield duo Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera.
Speaking in an interview with the Beyond the Pitch podcast earlier today, Pogba was questioned on his decision to return to Manchester last summer, with the 24-year-old revealing that he also had an offer on the table from another of European football’s heavyweights:
‘To be honest, Real Madrid came to me and I was thinking to go there, and I was thinking to go to Manchester United too.’
However, in the end, one key factor came into play when making the biggest decision of his career to date:
‘But I always felt it in my heart. My heart told me to come back here [Manchester], I don’t know why, I didn’t know what was going to happen.’
‘But I did it, and I don’t regret. I never regret my choice.’