As well as confirming the extraordinary talent that Paul Pogba possesses, the young Frenchman’s team-mates are always quick to praise the way in which his feet remain firmly on the ground, and this humble desire to continue improving emerges clear to see from an interview with the player published today in Gazzetta dello Sport.
Speaking to the Italian sports newspaper, the 20-year-old described how he is inspired by the players he has the pleasure of competing alongside: “I look at Andrea Pirlo and Gigi Buffon and I realise what it is to be a true champion. Those two have won everything - they’re unbelievable players - and they never give up, not even in training.”
On the attributes he aims to develop in the future, he came up with a combination that really would strike fear into the heart of any opponent: “I’d like Claudio Marchisio’s technical perfection, Arturo Vidal’s grit and determination and the precision of Andrea Pirlo’s passing.”
And who better to help him to achieve it, according to Pogba, than his manager Antonio Conte: “I get better every day thanks to him. He works hard, he hammers his point home, he’s always hungry for success and he wants to win. I couldn’t have asked for more expert guidance at this stage of my career.”
A player as phenomenally talented as the Bianconeri’s Under 20 World Cup-winning midfielder would be welcomed with open arms by many of the world’s most famous clubs, but Pogba believes Juventus is on a par with the best of them, and is happy to be helping the side to move forward.
“I’m really happy in Turin. I love every aspect of this club: the executive directors, the manager, my team-mates and the fans. At the moment I couldn’t see myself anywhere else. The history, prestige and quality of this club is equal to the very best."
It’s for that reason, he concluded, that Juventus’ next Champions League clash against Real Madrid doesn’t daunt him in the slightest: “Juve are on the same level as the European greats, so we can win at the Bernabeu."