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Pogba: There's more to come

January 21, 2013
By Adam Digby, Italy Correspondent

Juventus youngster Paul Pogba believes he still has plenty to work on despite a superb two-goal performance in Saturday's 4-0 victory over Udinese, while his agent says Sir Alex Ferguson may have previously underestimated his client's "mental strength".

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Pogba, 19, earned rave reviews for both his general play at the weekend, as well as for two eye-catching long-range strikes which helped the Bianconeri extend their lead at the top of Serie A.

Despite the plaudits, the midfielder is refusing to get carried away as he feels he can still improve as a player.

"I still need to develop a great deal, I need to be more aggressive and use the ball better," he told the club's official website.

"I always pay attention to [Andrea] Pirlo, [Claudio] Marchisio and [Aruturo] Vidal and look to incorporate some of their features into my game. The manager believes in me, I know that and it gives me tremendous pleasure, but I have to repay him by working with great dedication on a daily basis."

Pogba's agent Mino Raiola also shares his client's view that the player needs to continue to display the same effort he has shown since arriving in Turin.

"His display was pleasing but I already knew that he had certain skills," he told Corriere dello Sport. "But I agree with Juventus boss Antonio Conte that to eulogise about him now makes no sense.

"He's shown that he has potential, but he must work, he must strengthen physically and grow by keeping his feet on the ground, then he could become one of the best players in the world in his position."

The agent, who represents Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mario Balotelli, also discussed how Juventus captured the Frenchman, while offering an opinion on why he left Manchester United last summer.

"Who else wanted him? Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Real Madrid and other English clubs. Inter? Yes, but they agreed to respect an agreement with Manchester United," he said.

"I don't know what Sir Alex Ferguson may have thought on Saturday, maybe he underestimated his mental strength? When Paul understood that he wasn't being enhanced, he decided that it was over in Manchester. He felt that a move away would do him good."