Paul Pogba: This Is Why I Wanted Manchester United Transfer

New Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.
France midfielder Paul Pogba at the Amsterdam ArenA, the Netherlands, March 25. Pogba has signed for Manchester United for a world record fee. Franck Fife/AFP/Getty

New world record transfer Paul Pogba says moving back to Manchester United was his "destiny."

Pogba's return to Old Trafford, after four years at Juventus in Italy, was confirmed early on Tuesday morning, for a fee of £89 million ($115.5 million). The 23-year-old left United in the summer of 2012 in search of regular first-team football.

"I think it's destiny, I would say it's destiny," Pogba told MUTV, United's in-house television station. "First my mum told me I would come back here and I told her, 'You never know, you'll see.' For myself as well it's a big challenge too, just to come back to where I came from, where I grew up, where I started."

Pogba starred for France during its run to the UEFA Euro 2016 final in June, which the country lost to Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal.

He attracted significant interest from Real Madrid, coached by a player he has been compared to in Zinedine Zidane, but in the end it appears the lure of an emotional return was too much for Pogba to resist.