“The decision was not made until June but it’s true that I had this feeling inside me [to return to Juve].
“So, when my agent told me there was a tangible opportunity to come back I just stopped listening to anyone telling me what to do, I stopped listening to any kind of suggestion and I just said ‘okay, let’s go home’.
“There have been some possibilities both with Manchester City and with Manchester United. With Manchester City when I received that offer [in 2016] I actually talked to the club, I talked to Juventus and we decided that it was good for me to stay and to keep on winning with Juventus.
“And this year when I was told there was a possibility to go back home, to come back to Juventus I just stopped listening to any other offers and I decided to come back here.
“Here, I really do my best, I just push myself to the maximum and that’s something at Milan I really didn’t manage, I didn’t succeed to achieve and that was probably because in my heart I had already made the decision that I wanted to go back home.”
After his side 1-0 victory at Old Trafford, Juventus plays Empoli on Saturday evening in the Serie A and will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run in the league.