Florentin Pogba has revealed that Barcelona and Real Madrid will be the only options for his brother if he chooses to leave Manchester United.
Amid a breakdown in his relationship with manager Jose Mourinho earlier this season, Paul Pogba’s time at United seemed all but over and he had been strongly linked with a return to Juventus.
The French World Cup winner failed to produce the performances that were expected of him by Mourinho and things reached a boiling point in September when footage captured the pair in a tense exchange at United’s Aon Training Complex.
But it was Mourinho who shown the door at Old Trafford instead following a poor start to the season last month.
And Pogba has since emerged as a rejuvenated figure under interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with five goals and four assists in his last six games.
Now Florentin, who is expected to complete a deal to play his football at Spanish second division side Elche next week, has revealed the main reason why his brother is happy again.
“Mourinho leaving was the key,” Florentin told AS.
“He wasn’t happy, and it was clear to see. Now, under Solskjaer, everything is much better. My brother knows him from his time in the Manchester United youth set-up.”
Despite what speculation over the past few months has suggested though, only a move to La Liga in Barcelona and Real Madrid will be possible for Pogba.
“We like tiki-taka. Whenever I can, I watch their [Barcelona] games or go to the Camp Nou,” said Florentin.
“When my brother leaves Manchester United, there are only three clubs he can go to improve: [Manchester] City, Real Madrid or Barca. He’s not going to go to City, so he’ll come to Spain: to Barca or Madrid.”
It turns out that Pogba could have joined either one of the Spanish giants in 2016, but he chose to complete a return to United instead.
“When he was at Juventus, he could have gone to Barcelona, but he was determined to return to Manchester United, where it hadn’t worked out for him the first time around,” added Florentin.
“There was also movement [over a transfer to Madrid] when [Zinedine] Zidane was in charge, but he had his heart set on going back to England.”