Pogba: I want to be like Zidane

The Frenchman has been compared to Yaya Toure and Patrick Vieira but wants to achieve the same idol status as another of his compatriots

Paul Pogba has revealed he wants to become as good as Zinedine Zidane, while claiming Juventus are just as big a club as reported suitors Real Madrid.

The France international has been compared to Yaya Toure and Patrick Vieira in the past because of his languid style, but he says it is another compatriot whose achievements he aims to replicate, while distancing himself from a move to Spain.

"Real Madrid are a great club, but so are Juventus," Pogba was quoted as saying by La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"I was at Manchester United before, yet I decided to come to Torino and join Juve...

"I am feeling well in Italy. Everybody at Vinovo feels like family. I am only thinking about improving as a player at the moment. I hope to become like [Zinedine] Zidane."

The midfielder then went on to discuss his side's Champions League ambitions and stressed that they cannot afford to drop points against Malmo on Wednesday in order to keep their chances of reaching the knockout stages alive.

"We have to start by beating Malmo. We must return from Sweden with three points, there's no other option.

"We realise that we have been struggling in Europe and that something is missing. But I saw something important against Olympiakos, where we showed the spirit you need in a competition like this.

"We have a good team and can go pretty far, but we have to show the focus and consistency that we showed against Roma earlier this season."

Juventus currently sit third in Group A with six points from four games, level on points with second-placed Olympiakos and three points behind leaders Atletico Madrid.