Paul Pogba has dropped a huge hint that he could be open to a move to Manchester City by praising incoming manager Pep Guardiola.
Guardiola will take over at the Etihad at the end of the season when his contract with Bayern Munich expires.
And Pogba, whose Juventus face Bayern in the Champions League on Tuesday, took time to hail the Spanish manager’s managerial ability.
“Guardiola has great experience and an immense philosophy of football,” he told reporters.
“He is a coach who influences the squad and all the players respect him. You can only admire and try to learn something from him.
“He is an icon of football and I’ve heard he manages to improve every player he has at his disposal.”
The 22-year-old also refused to rule out a move to Manchester City by stating he would love to be managed by the former Barcelona boss.
“I am a Juventus player now, but clearly the possibility of working with him in future could develop,” he added.
You can’t blame City fans for getting a little excited after reading those quotes from Pogba because the Frenchman has been magnificent this campaign for the Old Lady.
Juve has won their previous 15 matches in the league, seeing them rise up the table to the top.
And Pogba has been instrumental in this incredible run.
The Frenchman has been irresistible on the pitch and was named in the 2015 FIFA World XI in November.
It’s hard to remember that he is still only 22-years-old. He really does have the world at his feet.
Life in Manchester
Of course, if Pogba does eventually sign for City it wouldn’t be his first time playing in Manchester.
United snapped him up from Le Havre when he was just 16-years-old.
However, three years and three Premier League appearances later, Pogba was allowed to join Juventus on a free transfer when his contract expired.
It’s regarded as Sir Alex Ferguson’s biggest mistake as a manager. When Pogba left for Italy, the Scot accused him of disrespecting the club by saying:
“I don't think he showed us any respect at all, to be honest. I'm quite happy that if they [footballers] carry on that way, they're probably better doing it away from us."
Four seasons later and Pogba is regarded as one of the best midfielders in the world and could ‘disrespect’ United once again by moving to their bitter rivals.
The Guardiola effect
Guardiola will no doubt have a huge transfer budget at City as he looks to create and incredible team, like he did at Barcelona and his current club, Bayern Munich.
He also has the charisma and respect to attract the best players in the world, demonstrated by Pogba admitting a move to the Etihad could be on the cards due to Guardiola’s arrival.
Also with reports suggesting that Yaya Toure is unwilling to work under the future manager, the singing of Pogba would be considered as the ideal replacement for the Ivorian.