Paul Pogba's agent Mino Raiola insists the midfielder wants to win silverware at Manchester United but is 'sorry' he did not move him to Real Madrid in the summer.
Pogba declared his desire for a 'new challenge' in June and Raiola also said he was 'in the process' of engineering a transfer to Madrid that never materialised.
United valued Pogba at around £180million in the summer window but the 26-year-old has only played six times this season and his contract expires in the summer of 2021.
Raiola says the reappointment of Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid coach in March was a key factor in Pogba's interest in moving to Spain. Pogba's wife, Zulay, is also a Spanish-speaker who was born in Bolivia.
Pogba drew scorn from a number of United supporters after it emerged he had returned from his brother's wedding last week unwell. Pogba has flown to Dubai, Miami and Paris since he last played against Arsenal on September 30.
"Paul wants to be successful and happy and wants to win prizes and he would love to do that with Manchester United," Raiola toldThe Telegraph. "Okay, there was big interest from Real Madrid and Manchester didn't let him go. We didn't make a fuss about it and he didn't make a fuss about it because I work in accordance with the player.
"You know other players can bring things to extreme but Paul doesn't like that. So you work differently. There was an interest from Real Madrid but they didn't let him go and I’m sorry, because I think that Paul being French then Zidane is an important factor in French football history."
Raiola rounded on United legend Paul Scholes last season after he bemoaned the Frenchman's performance in the shambolic 3-2 defeat at Brighton. Raiola tweeted Scholes needed 'to talk for fear of being forgotten' and 'wouldn’t recognise a leader if he was in front of Sir Winston Churchill'.
Raiola has now held former United captain Gary Neville responsible of portraying Pogba in an unflattering light. Neville last year said Pogba could 'do one' after he appeared to revel in the sacking of Jose Mourinho on Twitter with the infamous 'caption this' tweet.
"Paul is not the guy I hear about from Neville and all the frustrated ex-players who say, 'he should be ashamed of this, ashamed of that'," Raiola added. "Ashamed of what? He is working every day and doing his best. He’s not complaining there is no Champions League.
"Is he perfect? Nobody is. Is he also responsible for failure? He feels so. If you are in a team you are responsible for failure.
"He’s not able to be angry at Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] because Ole treated him so good when Ole was an older player and Paul was a younger player [when Solskjaer was the reserves' coach], and the respect and the love that he received from Ole means he cannot get angry at Ole."
Solskjaer clarified on Friday Pogba, who has not played more than 11 weeks due to an ankle injury, would not be sold in the January transfer window. "He's training, but he's not been training with us for long. He's training and that's a step forward for us. Of course [I understand the attention], because he's a fantastic player, a charismatic personality and for us we're happy that he's here.
"It (the injury) was something that really needed sorting but I don't think I should give you all the medical information but he's now feeling good and getting better, it's worked. He's not getting sold in January.
"When he comes back play well, with a smile on his face and do what he did a year ago when I came here, Paul has been fantastic when he's played for us and we've got one of the best players in the world, when he plays, gets fit, needs time to get fit, of course.
"I hope so still let's see how he feels, I'm not gonna push him, of course. What he feels, his ankle, we need him to be 100% fit. I can't risk any setbacks on injury.
"There are all these hypotheticals, I've just answered: he's not gonna go."