Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho hails target Paul Pogba

Juventus' Pogba looks on during their Italian Serie A soccer match against Livorno in Livorno

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has heaped praise on France midfielder Paul Pogba, saying he was the best young player at the World Cup.

Pogba has been heavily linked with a switch to Chelsea, with his future uncertain at Italian Serie A champions Juventus.

Pogba has established himself as one of the finest young midfield generals in the last 24 months after leaving Manchester United. He has excelled at Juventus and has helped them to several trophies in the two years he has been there, with a number of clubs taking notice of his performances.

Chelsea and Real Madrid are in the queue for the box-to-box midfielder and after his performances for France at the World Cup, many believe it is just a matter of time before he secures a big money move elsewhere.

Mourinho believes Pogba was the best young player at this summers tournament, fuelling speculation he could join the Blues this summer.

Mourinho told reporters: “I would say Pogba, because he also had a good World Cup, in spite of the fact his team didn’t reach the last four.

“I think he showed that he will be a big player for the next World Cup, for sure.”

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Pogba won 62% of his duels at the World Cup for France.

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