Allegri: Pogba to be given new attacking role

The coach explained where he will play the talented Frenchman, while the midfielder himself stressed preseason training under Antonio Conte's replacement is going well.
Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has revealed his plans to utilize Paul Pogba in a more attacking role this season as he bids to succeed Antonio Conte in style.

The Bianconeri won three Scudetti in a row and dominated Italian football under Conte but, following the coach's resignation last month over frequent disagreements with the board, Allegri was handed the Turin reins this summer.

Pogba, brought to Serie A from Manchester United two years ago, stamped his authority on the first team last season but Allegri claims that the French midfielder will be ushered into a more forward-minded role in 2014-15.

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"I will try to use Pogba more in attack," the coach told reporters in Indonesia as Juventus embarks on a tour of Asia. "He is one of the best young players in the world, with enormous technical and physical qualities. Having said that, there is also still plenty of room for improvement."

Pogba and fellow Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal have been persistently linked with transfers away from Italy this summer but Allegri says both are content with life in Turin.

"Vidal and Pogba are delighted to be here and I am delighted to coach them," the former AC Milan coach added.

Pogba, who claims he has no plans to leave the reigning Italian champion, was equally gushing with praise for his new trainer and says Juventus has adjusted to life without Conte with ease.

"Conte and Allegri are two of the best coaches around and the atmosphere was immediately pretty good," the France international stated. "We are motivated and ready to work successfully with Allegri. Conte's gone and now we have Allegri, we are ready to work together in absolute harmony.

"I am very happy to play for Juve, I am just focused on playing right now, the future does not concern me, I live in the present. I am not thinking of my contract and do not have meetings scheduled with Juventus chiefs. My goal is to continue to do well on the pitch."