Pogba hails role model Deschamps

The 20-year-old midfielder is hoping to enjoy a similarly successful career to his national team boss
Paul Pogba has admitted that he wants to emulate Didier Deschamps' achievements for France and Juventus, after leading his country to victory at the Under-20 World Cup in front of his watching "role model".

The midfielder turned in another commanding display as les Bleuets overcame Uruguay on penalties in Turkey on Saturday evening, with the former Manchester United man netting in the shootout before later being recognised as the tournament's best player.

Pogba was left struggling to take it all in, admitting that the evening had been made all the more special for the fact that current senior squad coach Deschamps had been in attendance.

"After the final, he came to the dressing room and complimented us," the 20-year-old explained in an interview with Fifa.com. "It was so beautiful to triumph in front of him.

"I thanked him and now I want to imitate him. For me, he is a role model: he was a great midfielder for both France and Juventus."

Pogba acknowledged, though, that while he has established himself as one of the best young midfielders in the world over the past 12 months, he still has much to learn.

"This must be just the beginning," he explained. "The goal is to achieve the success of Deschamps, but to do that I have to work a lot."

Deschamps, a World Cup winner in 1998, won three Serie A titles and a Champions League during his time in Turin.