There's been plenty of talk from Gianluigi Buffon about Paul Pogba in recent weeks following the latter's record-shattering move back to Manchester United.
The French midfielder made his debut for the Red Devils against Southampton on Friday following his £89 million switch from Juventus, where he played alongside Buffon for four years.
Although he underwhelmed at Euro 2016, Pogba is rated as perhaps the best young midfielder in the game thanks to his dynamism and range of passing. Now Buffon has come up with the perfect phrase to sum up his abilities.
The Italian legend described Pogba as a "tremendous warrior" when asked to describe his style. He added: “His control of the ball and the way he can swiftly change the play from defence to attack is special – and for us it hurts to lose him. But, of course, the decision was with the directors and not down to the players.”
During their time together in Italy, Pogba and Buffon won four successive league titles and two Coppa Italia together. Now the former Le Havre ace will have his sights set on winning silverware at Old Trafford.
Asked whether Pogba will be successful in England, Buffon replied: “I have no doubts that Paul will be a success in the Premier League. It may take some time to adapt but I’m certain he will do it, especially as he knows the club well which is important.
“I have seen him grow and improve during his time here, especially his attitude on the pitch and the way he works for all the team. Manchester United have signed a very good player. It’s not easy to compare him to greats of the past but he has many details of the games of both Platini and Zidane.”
Pogba has certainly made himself at home since returning to Manchester - where he left on a free transfer in 2012 - having been spotted in Nandos before getting mobbed by hordes of young Manchester United fans.
The Red Devils have enjoyed a fine start to the season under new boss Jose Mourinho and have picked up two league wins from two to go alongside their Community Shield win.
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