Paul Pogba claims top spot in best European youngster poll

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Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has beaten off competition from the likes of Thibaut Courtois and Kurt Zouma to be named as the best young star in Europe.

That's according to the Daily Mail anyway, who have placed the midfielder at the top of their "20 best young players in Europe" poll, revealed today.

The former Manchester United man has emerged as the driving force behind Juventus' title win this season, and was handed the prestigious Golden Boy award earlier this year.

He left Old Trafford in 2012 having complained of a lack of first team opportunities - and now Manchester United are said to be trying to lure him back to the north west.

The 21-year-old is placed ahead of Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who while on loan helped Atletico Madrid claim a historic La Liga title win this season, and also played a key part in their run to the Champions League final.

The Belgian is due back at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea after the World Cup where he is expected to challenge Petr Cech for the number one spot.

The Blues also have youngster Kurt Zouma on the list in 14th. Chelsea snapped up the young Frenchman in the January transfer window from St. Etienne in a deal worth £12.5 million.

Taking third place is Bayer Munich's Mario Gotze, while Raphael Varane and Lucas Moura - formerly a target for Manchester United - complete the top five.

Top 20 young players in Europe: 

20. Stephan El Shaarawy (Milan)

19. Paulo Dybala (Palermo)

18. Ali Adnan (Rizespor)

17. Alvaro Vadillo (Real Betis)

16. Zakaria Bakkali (PSV)

15. Mattia de Sciglio (Milan)

14. Kurt Zouma (St Etienne/Chelsea)

13. Hakan Calhanoglu (Hamburg)

12. Marquinhos (PSG)

11. Viktor Fischer (Ajax)

10. Jese Rodriguez (Real Madrid)

9. Marco Verratti (PSG)

8. Julian Draxler (Schalke)

7. Florian Thauvin (Marseille)

6. Ricardo Rodriguez (Wolfsburg)

5. Lucas Moura (PSG)

4. Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)

3. Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich)

2. Thibaut Courtois (Atletico Madrid)

1. Paul Pogba (Juventus)

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