Paul Pogba has revealed that Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid showed an interest in signing him last summer, but he instead chose to ‘follow his heart’ and join Manchester United.

The France international made a record-breaking £89m return to his former side in the last transfer window, just four years after departing for a nominal fee to Juventus.

Pogba told SFR Sport: “I came to Manchester United because I have certain goals. It is a big challenge for me. I could also have joined Real Madrid or Barcelona, who were interested in signing me. But I chose to return to United because I followed my heart.

“I want to win trophies with Manchester United, I never won anything here. I always told myself that I would one day return to United. It is a club I love a lot and I had unfinished business here.

“I left because I wanted to play more, but I felt that I was not done here yet. I am not even thinking about the transfer fee. I came here to play football.”

Pogba was at fault for Liverpool’s opening goal in Sunday’s 1-1 draw, with his handball allowing James Milner to convert from the spot before Zlatan Ibrahimovic levelled things up.

  • Pogba has featured 28 times since making the big-money move to Old Trafford.
  • Pogba left United after having made just seven senior appearances for the Red Devils in his first spell at the club.