Pogba: Conte can become like Ferguson

The young midfielder has voiced his admiration for the Bianconeri coach, and is determined to secure regular first team action at Juve
Paul Pogba believes that Juventus coach Antonio Conte has the qualities to follow in the footsteps of iconic Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

The French midfielder worked with Ferguson during his three-year spell at the Premier League giants, before leaving the club for Juve this summer, and has nothing but praise for his new coach.

"Can Conte become a true great like Ferguson? I think so, yes. He is a great trainer and an equally good manager," the 19-year-old told Tuttosport.

"Conte and the other members of the technical staff keep on telling me that I still have room for improvement, and they are right.

"We talk to each other in Italian. We speak very often."

The youngster then took the time to discuss his chances of becoming a regular starter, and stressed that he's determined to break into the first XI.

"I don't know whether it will be tough to beat the competition of players such as [Arturo] Vidal and [Claudio] Marchisio for a starting berth. That's a decision the coach has to make.

"I only know that I will have to be ready whenever the coach needs me. I always want to play, also against Inter."

Juventus take on Inter on Saturday evening as they aim to extend their four-point lead over the Nerazzurri.