Paul Pogba has said that it would be a “pleasure” to play alongside Paris-Saint Germain in the same team at some point in his career, as well as admitting he looks at Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne to try and improve his game.
The dynamic French midfielder has often been compared to De Bruyne but has endured a torrid run of form in the second half of the 2017-18 season while his Belgian counterpart is thought to be the frontrunner for the 2018 Premier League ‘Player of the Year’ award.
After missing over two months through a thigh injury suffered in September in Manchester United’s 3-0 Champions League Group Stage win against Basel which resulted in him leaving Old Trafford on crutches.
De Bruyne has been a vital part in Pep Guardiola’s unstoppable City side who have stormed their way to a third Premier League title, which could be secured with a derby win against rivals United at the Etihad Stadium on April 7.
Pogba hasn’t started the last three matches, with many believing there is a rift between himself and José Mourinho, and his France head coach Didier Deschamps has said that “it is a situation he will not be enjoying.”
In an interview with Argentinian TV channel TyC Sports after joining up with the French national team ahead of international friendlies against Colombia and Russia this month, Pogba discussed the players he looked up to as an aspiring footballer, and the players he looks to for tips as the world-renowned star he is today.
The 25-year-old said: "When I was smaller I always looked up to Zinedine Zidane, Lionel Messi, Ronaldinho and Ronaldo. I had videos of Maradona, Pele, Chris Waddle, Kaka - many players. I wanted to have all the virtues of those players.”
He continued: "Now I look more at players like Andres Iniesta, Yaya Toure, Kevin De Bruyne and Luke Modric - who is a very strong midfielder player. I look at them to try to be a better player."
Then asked about his opinion on Neymar, who arrived in Paris for a world record fee of approximately £198m, he highlighted the fact that the Brazil captain is the “definition of happiness” when playing.
He told the reporter: “Neymar, yes I like him. He has the definition of happiness on the pitch. In Brazil, football is everything, it is life in Brazil – everyone plays football. I love to see him on the pitch playing. With his technique and ability, it is a different style.”
Pogba returned to Old Trafford in the summer of 2016 for a then-world record £80m after a four-year stint in Italy where he shone as a Juventus player after being let go for free by Sir Alex Ferguson, much to the delight of agent Mino Raiola back in 2012.
He was given the vacant no. 6 shirt previously worn by Jonny Evans but has struggled to fulfil the potential and most certainly the price tag since his return, and has now suggested it would be nice to link up with Neymar in the future.
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