Raiola explains Pogba’s decision to snub Real Madrid

The agent of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, Mino Raiola, has explained the Frenchman's decision to turn down the advances of Real Madrid in the off-season.

The former Juventus man was reportedly Real boss Zinedine Zidane's top transfer target, but the France international ultimately opted to make a return to Old Trafford after a four-year spell with the Old Lady.

Raiola has confirmed Zidane's interest in his client, but felt the player would be best served rejoining Manchester United due to their need for a top-class midfielder.

The agent went on to highlighted the fact that Pogba had pushed for a return to the Red Devils.

"As for Real Madrid, Zidane wanted [Pogba] beside him," Raiola told Telefoot. "Zizou was a great player and Real Madrid is a big club, but, for me, Manchester United is stronger with Pogba. Real Madrid would not be.

"[Paul] told me clearly what he wanted – Manchester has always been his home."

Raiola also revealed that United boss Jose Mourinho had tried to sign the midfielder in his second stint at the Chelsea helm.

He added: "Last year, Jose tried to sign him for Chelsea, but the time wasn't right for Paul to leave Juventus."