My mum said I'd return to Man U: Pogba
PAUL Pogba said he had fulfilled the "destiny" foreseen by his mother as he completed a return to Manchester United from Juventus yesterday for a world-record fee.
The Red Devils confirmed he had signed a five-year contract but did not specify the transfer fee.
British media have estimated the value at £89 million (S$156 million).
The astronomical figure is remarkable given that he left Old Trafford for less than £1 million compensation fee after his contract expired in 2012.
With the long-running transfer saga formally concluded only in the early hours of yesterday morning, United released a statement on their website and published an interview Pogba had given to MUTV.
Asked about his return, the midfielder said: "I think it's destiny. First, my mum told me I would come back here."
"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," added Pogba, who made seven first-team appearances during his previous spell.
"My mum, she says, 'Your mum is always right' so she was right this time," noted the player who won four consecutive Italian Serie A titles with Juventus.
He was adamant he would not be distracted by talk of the price tag.
"The thing with me is I only think about the pitch," he said.
"I want to do great, I want to be one of the best."
United have not won the Premier League since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.
Pogba said of his coming back to United: "It was like I'd just came back home.
"I just went for a holiday...
"I'm happy and I see everyone, the same people. It's just a great feeling, to be honest."
His transfer completed a highly intense off-season.
"There was there a bit of sadness of course because we (France) lost the (Euro 2016) final (to Portugal) at home but I will say I'm happy," he said.