Paul Pogba may have just left Italy's Serie A, but Inter Milan boss Frank de Boer believes the Nerazzurri have the equivalent of the Manchester United man in the form of fellow Frenchman Geoffrey Kondogbia.
The 23-year-old Kondogbia is exactly a month older than his countryman Pogba, who moved to United in the summer for a record breaking fee from Juventus.
But whilst Pogba had a superb season for Juve last season, Kondogbia has endured a frustrating time since signing for Inter from Monaco back in the summer of 2015, when former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini was in charge.
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The Frenchman scored just once in 26 Serie A games last term after his big money move, but de Boer believes the time has come for Kondogbia - tipped for big things during his impressive 2012-2013 campaign with Sevilla - to finally fulfill his potential.
"Kondogbia is like Pogba," de Boer said, as per Goal.com. "They play the same position. He has to win his personal duels and keep things simple, but he has all the characteristics needed to become a top player.
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"He is still young and has room for improvement. But he is physically strong and has a lot of quality. He has to keep working on details to improve."
Inter currently find themselves in ninth place in Serie A and are already seven points off table-topping big-spenders Juventus, but de Boer will be hoping Kondogbia's influence can help close the gap.
But whilst Kondogbia's prospects are looking bright, the same can't be said for fellow midfielder, Croatian Marcelo Brozovic.
Brozovic was a key cog for his country in the Euros in the summer, but had a falling out with de Boer against Hapoel Be'er Sheva in the Europa League last month and hasn't played since.
But whilst the 23-year-old is out in the cold at the moment, de Boer insists the Croatian can have a future at the San Siro.
"I am happy Brozovic played two games for Croatia," de Boer revealed.
"It is important for him to get some playing time. We will see how things are now. He is a great player and can contribute a lot. It is just a matter of time."
Is de Boer overhyping Kondogbia, and should Brozovic be in the team? Let us know in the comments box below.
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