Influential agent Mino Raiolo has again teased Paul Pogba’s potential exit from Manchester United by explaining his client’s love for Italy.
Pogba has been a divisive figure at Old Trafford since his move back to the club in 2016, with speculation rife that he is unhappy and angling for a transfer away.
Real Madrid are said to be keen with French boss Zinedine Zidane a firm admirer of his compatriot, while Juventus are also reportedly interested in bringing Pogba back to the Serie A.
“Italy is like a second home for him,” the agent said.
“The question was is he happy. You cannot be happy if you are not competing for the title or for the Champions League.
“The aim is for every top player to do that.
“For now he is concentrated on his recovery and the next period is important for him and for Man Utd to try to get into the Champions League then the European Championship and then we will see.”
Pogba has not started a match for United since a Carabao Cup win over Rochdale in September, with injuries blighting his progress.
A long-term ankle injury looked as if it had cleared when he returned against Rochdale, but boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer then revealed that the midfielder had suffered a different foot issue.
That separate issue came in December and Pogba has provided regular updates on social media revealing that he is closing in on a return to action.
In other news, former Juventus coach Max Allegri reportedly has an agreement in place to manage a ‘great English club’, although the club in question has not been revealed.
United have been linked with Allegri following the pressure on Solskjaer mounting throughout the season.