French press hail magnificent Paul Pogba

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Juventus midfielder and long-term Manchester United and Chelsea transfer target Paul Pogba has been hailed as 'better than Platini and Zidane' after another magnificent performance for France.

The French press were effusive in their praise for the 21-year-old midfielder, comparing him favourably with the two legends of the game.

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Man of the match

L'Equipe awarded him the man of the match award after his 13th minute goal helped France secure a 1-1 draw against Serbia in an international friendly on Sunday night in Belgrade.

And he was similarly excellent earlier in the week against Spain, as France ran out 1-0 winners thanks to Loic Remy's second half strike.

Better than Zidane?

He has four goals in 19 appearances for his country, a mark that betters Platini and Zidane at the same time in their respective careers. It's a remarkable achievement for a midfielder like Pogba, who does not boast the creative licence to roam forward like Zidane and Platini once did.

He is more of an orthodox central midfielder, one that Liberation described as the 'new star of French football' while Le Monde admitted it was no longer a surprise to witness Pogba's performances.

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United and Chelsea interest

Reports earlier last week claimed Manchester United were planning a summer assault on Pogba next year, with a £60m package put together by the Old Trafford club in an effort to tempt him back to the Premier League.

The Frenchman is currently in contract talks with Juventus over a new and improved deal at the club. His contract in Turin runs out in 2016, and Juventus want to avoid being put in a position where Pogba could leave on the cheap.

Chelsea are also keen on the midfielder, but unlike United, their need for another central midfielder is not pressing at the moment.

While United brought in Ander Herrera and Angel Di Maria, Louis van Gaal has still been linked with players like Pogba, Kevin Strootman and William Carvalho.

Chelsea signed Nemanja Matic in January and brought in Cesc Fabregas over the summer to replace the departed Frank Lampard.

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