Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has conceded that the possibility of working with Pep Guardiola “could develop” in the future.
With the Spaniard set to leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season to take charge at Manchester City, he will likely request a significant recruitment drive at the Etihad in order to stamp his style and authority on the squad.
That has naturally led to plenty of speculation about the players that he will target, with Pogba seemingly set to become one of the leading names in the headlines.
The Frenchman midfielder is preparing to face Guardiola’s current side in the Champions League next week, and spoke to Sky Sport Deutschland about the tactician, as noted by Football Italia.
“Guardiola has great experience and an immense philosophy of football. He is a coach who influences the squad and all the players respect him. You can only admire and try to learn something from him.
“He is an icon of football and I’ve heard he manages to improve every player he has at his disposal. I am a Juventus player now, but clearly the possibility of working with him in future could develop.”
The comments will naturally go down well with Guardiola himself, but Juve supporters will undoubtedly be concerned and irritated by Pogba’s openness in discussing a future move.
Following the exits of the likes of Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal last summer, the 22-year-old was handed a bigger role by coach Massimiliano Allegri, something that he struggled with earlier in the campaign as the Bianconeri languished in the bottom half of the Serie A table.
However, they will be looking to make it 16 consecutive league wins on Friday night when they face Bologna, and Allegri will be hopeful that speculation and comments this week won’t distract his players from continuing their Scudetto charge.