By Stefan Coerts
Juventus new boy Paul Pogba has revealed that his ambition is to become even better than Patrick Vieira, after acknowledging frequent comparisons between himself and the former France international.
The midfielder, 19, signed a four-year deal with the Serie A champions on Friday to complete his free transfer switch from Manchester United, and he is keen to make an impact at his new club.
“I have been compared to Vieira. That’s a compliment as far as I’m concerned,” Pogba told the official Juventus website.
“However, I hope to become even better than he was. I want to take some of his best qualities, while also offering something different. I am Pogba and not the new Vieira.”
The midfielder then went on to stress that his dream is to become part of Juventus’ history and join former greats such as Michel Platini, Pavel Nedved and Roberto Baggio.
“There are many champions who have played for this team and I hope that will be able to become part of this group of champions.
“Among the former players I was particularly inspired to see Platini, Nedved and Baggio [at the Juventus museum].”
Pogba could make his Juventus debut in the Supercoppa Italiana against Napoli on August 11.