Paul Pogba's agent Mino Raiola has said that the Frenchman could have moved to Chelsea last year as Jose Mourinho, during his time with the Blues, wanted him to move to Stamford Bridge. However, the midfielder had an agreement with Juventus where they asked him to extend his stay and help them win another title and also the Champions League.
The Turin-based club won the Serie A title but fell short in Europe, crashing out in the round of 16 to Bayern Munich. However, they were eventually unable to keep hold of Pogba, who signed for Manchester United this summer, with Mourinho finally getting his man following his move to Old Trafford.
"Paul could have left [Juventus] last year because [Jose] Mourinho -- then at Chelsea -- really wanted him," Raiola told Rai Sport, as quoted by ESPN. "But Juventus and I had agreement: win the league title and the Champions League, then he can go."
Pogba has had a bittersweet start to his campaign, scoring only one goal in six starts thus far in the league, which has led to a lot of criticism from fans and the media alike. The Red Devils have not been too consistent themselves, losing two of their last three league encounters, but Mourinho has bounced back with three wins on the trot in all competitions, getting their season back on track.
"We always thought we could win and I had players on the bench to help me change the game. I played three of them and could have played others; my bench was full of attacking options. [Anthony] Martial gave us different speed in a moment when the opposition was getting a bit tired," Mourinho told United's official site after their win over Zorya Luhansk.
"He was laughing and said he made a great assist. He gave me what the team needed at the time, which was a second presence in the box. He's more of a striker than Juan [Mata], and Juan went more to the right-hand side [when Wayne came on]. We started the game with a very good team, and I also had players on the bench to give me solutions for everything."