Juventus forward Moise Kean has named former Premier League stars Didier Drogba and Mario Balotelli among his three football idols.
The Italian enjoyed a good end to the 2018/19 season with Juventus, scoring seven goals in 17 games, including six starts.
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- Moise Kean joined Juventus as an 11-year-old from fellow Serie A club Torino.
- The Italian teenager would go on to make his first-team debut in 2016.
- Kean enjoyed a run of games towards the end of the 2018/19 season, scoring seven goals in 17 games.
- The teenager was playing alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Mario Mandzukic.
- But Kean admits his football idols are former Premier League stars Didier Drogba and Mario Balotelli.
Breaking into the first team, Kean has been able to play with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala, and has been tipped for a successful career.
But despite the stature of his team-mates, Kean admits he is yet to ask for tips – instead preferring to observe, as he has with inspirations Ronaldo, Drogba and Balotelli.
“When we train, I try to observe all the things he [Ronaldo] does, from his attitude on the pitch to his desire to play, to train and to always be ready,” he told SoccerBible magazine.
“Training with great champions has benefits that you can’t underestimate. I’m not the type to (ask for advice), but I quietly observe and then I try to apply what I learned on the pitch.
“Didier Drogba was certainly an inspiration (growing up). I liked him a lot, he was one of my idols. I looked at how he moved and how he scored repeatedly. He was awesome.
“When I was younger I liked Mario Balotelli, especially during his time at Inter. Mario, too, has been an inspiration for me.”
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Kean: No teams can help me improve like Juventus would
Kean’s performances for club and country have seen the teenager linked with a move away from Juventus this summer, with Inter Milan reportedly interested.
And though he did not completely commit his future to Juventus, Kean admitted no club would be able to help him improve as much as the Old Lady.
“When I came to Juventus, I understood that things would change,” he added. “Juventus helps you to grow and become a man in all the things you want to do. You learn lots of things without noticing. Technically I improved, but my ambition is to improve every day more and more. I’m aware of the fact that I wear a shirt that carries responsibilities, but it’s not a burden. I’m focused on my journey.
“I’m sure that at the moment there aren’t any other teams that can help me improve in the way Juventus can. I was born here, and I have almost always worn the black-and-white shirt. Obviously, I don’t know what the future holds, but what is sure is that I will always give my all.
“I think that the biggest ambition is well-known: winning the Champions League. But what they teach you in Juventus is to always give your all in every challenge, whatever form that takes.”