Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has revealed how his move away from the club to join Juventus in 2012 was influenced by his brother.
The French midfielder came through the academy at United but struggled to break into the senior team, making just three Premier League appearances in the 2011-2012 season.
After developing into one of the best central midfielders in Europe at Juventus Pogba returned to Old Trafford in 2016 for a then-world record transfer fee of £89m, but is now being linked with yet another move.
Speaking to the UTD podcast, the 27-year-old recounted how his brother encouraged him to push for a move initially due to his lack of playing time for United.
“My brother, the United fan, told me he was really angry – even more than me – when I didn’t play,” said Pogba.
“He told me: ‘No, go. You can play in this team. If they don’t want you here, go somewhere else. They will see'.
“My mother always told me: ‘You will go somewhere but come back.’ She always said this. I was like: ‘We will see’.
“But you know mothers and the things she said: ‘You will come back here, don’t worry’ and that was just after. She said you will come back to Manchester, don’t worry, and I did.
“When I came back, I was really happy to come back. I left it and didn’t finish. I started something but I didn’t finish, I just went somewhere else. To finish it.
“Obviously, coming back where I started was for me, why I was really happy. Now I’m ready to come as a confirmed player not a youth player.”
It remains to be seen whether Pogba appears in a United shirt again after recovering from injury.
This article was most recently revised and updated 3 years ago