I turned down Real Madrid for Manchester United – Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba has explained his decision to join Manchester United over Real Madrid last year, telling the Beyond the Pitch podcast: “My heart told me to come back.”

Pogba, 24, came through the youth ranks at United but left for Juventus in 2012 after growing frustrated at a lack of opportunities under Sir Alex Ferguson.

The France international returned to Old Trafford four years later for a then world-record fee despite having been heavily linked with Zinedine Zidane’s Madrid earlier in the summer.

Asked if Madrid had been his first choice, he said: “To be honest, I’m being honest with you, Real Madrid came to me and I was thinking to go there, and I was thinking to go to Manchester United too.

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“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.”

Asked why Mourinho is “the Special One,” he said: “Because he’s special. He’s really special.

“He has a special way to start the games, a special way to speak to the players, a special way to speak to the journalists. He’s really special.

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“He motivates me. He speaks to me a lot. He trusts me. He’s the one who put me in the Champions League, I was the captain [against Basel in September], so I can see that he really trusts me and believes in me. You have to give him the [acknowledgement].”

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