Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has revealed why the Frenchman chose a move to Manchester United over Real Madrid this summer.
He finalised his move to Old Trafford earlier this month for a record-breaking transfer fee of £89m, only four years after he left on as a free agent.
The 23-year-old was subject to transfer speculation at Euro 2016 and was linked with plenty of clubs, but his arrival put an end to one of the summer’s longest transfer sagas.
Speaking about his move, Raiola claims Pogba turned down Madrid because Man United was his home.
“Zidane wanted him at Real Madrid, but five or six other clubs were after him too,” he said.
“Manchester United now are stronger thanks to Pogba, but Real Madrid are not.
“I never spoke to Pogba about the transfer market when he was taking part in Euro 2016, then he went on vacation because he was very disappointed by the final.
“So I went to meet him in Miami to get him up to speed. He explained to us what he wanted. Manchester is his home.
“Mourinho already wanted to bring him to Chelsea last summer, but it was not the right time.”
Mourinho has done brilliantly to close Pogba’s deal early this summer without even being able to offer the Frenchman the chance of playing Champions League football this year.
His arrival will undoubtedly help take the club to the next level and it showcases Mourinho’s ability to attract world-class players to play at Old Trafford.