Pogba: I play like Yaya Toure

The midfielder has been studying the Manchester City midfielder amongst a number of other players in his position in a bid to improve his game

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has likened his playing style to that of Manchester City star Yaya Toure.

The France international signed a new contract with the Serie A champions until 2019 on Friday, having become a key figure for club and country since arriving in Turin after leaving Manchester United on a free transfer two years ago.

Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri said over the weekend that Pogba still has lots of work to do to become one of the best players in the world and he has responded by revealing how he studies many of the game’s finest players in his position. 

“I think there are lots of players still better than me, but it’s not up to me to worry about this sort of comparison,” he told Fifa.com. “I try to do my job and be the best I possibly can. 

“There are lots of midfielders I admire and watching them helps me improve. I could mention, for example, Yaya Toure, who has a similar size and physique to me but more experience. We have more or less the same playing style, even if he’s a bit more attacking than me.”

Pogba featured at his first World Cup in Brazil earlier this year, playing a key role as France made the quarter-finals before bowing out to eventual winners Germany.

Les Bleus coach Didier Deschamps is one of two midfield greats to have worked with Pogba – ex-Juve boss Antonio Conte the other – and the former Manchester United prodigy feels both both have aided his development.

“I’ve progressed with both of them. Didier Deschamps, for example, knows me very well and knows how to manage me,” he added.

“He helps me improve every day, whether it’s in training or in a match. 

“He gives me the desire to give my best. He always gives me good advice and he’s very honest with me. As a player, you really appreciate getting trust and encouragement from your coach. 

“What he tells me most is to, ‘stay focused and keep things simple’, the way he used to do so well.”

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