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Paul Pogba: My heart chose Manchester United over Real Madrid

Paul Pogba: My heart chose Manchester United over Real Madrid
From ESPN - December 12, 2017

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 am 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.

"But I always felt it in my heart -- my heart told me to come back here. I do not know why, I did not know what was going to happen, but I did it, and I do not regret. I never regret my choice."

On whether the club could have dealt with things better during his first stint at Old Trafford, he said: "Maybe -- you have to speak with them."

He said things had changed "just a bit" since Ferguson's era, with so many members of staff still present, but made clear that he is relishing the chance to play a key role for the club now under Jose Mourinho.

Asked why Mourinho is "the Special One," he said: "Because he's special. He's really special.

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