Paul Pogba: Mino Raiola says Italy second home for Manchester United midfielder

14 February 2020, 06:06 | Updated: 14 February 2020, 12:08

Paul Pogba is focused on getting Manchester United back into the Champions League, but Italy is "like a second home" for the France midfielder, his agent Mino Raiola has told Sky Sports News.

Pogba has not started a match for United since September after an injury-blighted season and is currently recovering from ankle surgery as he bids to make himself available for selection for the first time since Boxing Day.

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It has been a difficult season for both Pogba and United, who are six points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea ahead of Monday's trip to Stamford Bridge, live on Sky Sports, having struggled for consistency in the league.

Pogba will only be content at the club, though, when they are challenging for major titles domestically and in Europe, says Raiola.

"Italy is like a second home for him, " Raiola told Sky Sports News.

"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 the next period is important for him and Man Utd to try to get into the Champions League then the European Championship and then we will see."

Raiola told Sky Sports News last month that Pogba's "heart" was with United and said he could see his client staying "but in a club that I hope fights for the league and hopefully the Champions League".

In the summer, Pogba said it could be time for a "new challenge somewhere else", before Raiola confirmed that the midfielder wanted to leave United and that he was negotiating an exit for his client.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has maintained the stance that Pogba is not for sale throughout his tenure at Old Trafford.