Pogba keen to emulate Vieira after Manchester United exit

The France Under-19 international is confident he can replicate the retired Les Bleus ace during his time in Italy, but is also eager to prove himself as a deputy to Andrea Pirlo
Paul Pogba has revealed that he hopes to follow in the footsteps of former France and Juventus midfielder Patrick Vieira.

The French youngster is on the brink of the completing a transfer to the Turin-based giants after he failed to reach an agreement with Manchester United regarding a new contract.

Speaking ahead of his anticipated switch to Juventus, Pogba is positive he can prove to be an able deputy to Andrea Pirlo in the Bianconeri midfield, but his style is centred around the ex-Arsenal man.

"Andrea Pirlo is a great player and I can guarantee I can play in front of the defenders like he does," Pogba told Sky Sport Italia.

"I would say that my style of play is inspired in that of Patrick Vieira, but I want to make my mark.

"There are three players in Italy who have truly impressed me: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Andrea Pirlo and Claudio Marchisio."