manager Maurizio Sarri has admitted he is an admirer of Manchester United
midfielder Paul Pogba
this summer amid links of a return to Italy
for the Frenchman.
Pogba's future at Old Trafford remains uncertain amid constant speculation surrounding a summer move away from the Premier League.
The 26-year-old is 'desperate to leave Old Trafford' according to his agent Mino Raiola and now Sarri has made his fondness of the midfielder public.
Speaking ahead of his side's pre-season friendly against Tottenham in Singapore on Sunday, Sarri said: 'I like him very much, but he's a Man United player. I'm not the technical director so I don't know the situation.'
It is believed it will take a bid in excess of £150million to make United even consider selling Pogba this summer.
Raiola once again fuelled doubts over Pogba's future earlier this week. The super agent was in Turin on Wednesday morning as another of his clients, Matthijs de Ligt, sealed his move to Juventus
During the Dutchman's medical, Raiola spoke on the future of the United man, who had also been linked with a move back to the Serie A
'Pogba is in Manchester today. I don't know tomorrow,' he said. 'We'll take things day by day, without rushing or worrying. Football has no certainties and destiny has never been written.'
Sarri, who took over at Juventus earlier this summer, also opened up on his tactical ideas and where he plans to fit Cristiano Ronaldo and De Ligt.
'I'm going to start using Cristiano slightly on the left-hand side but really he can play anywhere with the quality that he has. He's very experienced and he has won so much,' Sarri said.
'Until now De Ligt hasn't trained with his team-mates yet but he'll definitely see some action tomorrow [against Tottenham].
'We are working very hard on our playing identity because we want to become a team with strong characteristics and then look to how this new identity can lead us to winning.'