Monday August 22 2016
Buffon: ‘Hurts to lose Pogba’

Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon admits “it hurts to lose” Paul Pogba, and compares him to Zinedine Zidane.

The French midfielder left the Bianconeri this summer, joining Manchester United for a world-record €105m.

“The kid is a tremendous warrior on the pitch but also has so much talent,” Buffon said, as reported by the Mirror and Sky Sports UK.

“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.

“Of course the decision was with the directors and not down to the players.

“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 [Michel] Platini and [Zinedine] Zidane.

“He’s a good kid. The important thing is that his attitude is excellent on the pitch and in training. The thing we will miss most now he has gone is his closeness with everyone in the team.

“Manchester United have signed a very good player and a very good teammate.”

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