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12th Dec 2017

Paul Pogba reveals why he rejected Real Madrid for Manchester United return

He could've been playing in white...

Matthew Gault

He could have been playing in white.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has revealed that he turned down a move to Real Madrid before returning to Old Trafford.

United paid a then world record fee to bring the Frenchman back to the club from Juventus in the summer of 2016, four years after joining the Italian side having grown frustrated at the lack of opportunities in Alex Ferguson’s side.

Speaking on the Beyond the Pitch podcast, Pogba was very up front about Real Madrid’s interest in him.

“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.”

“But I always felt it in my heart. My heart told me to come back here, 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.”

Pogba has been highly influential under Jose Mourinho but was suspended for the defeat to Manchester City following his red card against Arsenal for a rash challenge on Hector Bellerin. He also won’t be available for selection for Wednesday night’s game against Bournemouth or the weekend game with West Brom at the Hawthorns.