It has been reported that Rio Ferdinand has spoken of his former Manchester United teammate Paul Pogba.
Juventus midfielder Pogba has lit up the World Cup with France, who are on course to lift the Jules Rimet trophy for the second time.
And Ferdinand is in no doubt that Pogba has what it takes to become one of the game’s greats.
“Paul told me before he left that he wanted to be “the best player in the world,” Ferdinand wrote in a blog for the BBC.
“I don’t know whether that will happen, but he will definitely turn out to be the best midfielder in the world.
“As well as his undoubted ability, his strength is definitely his self-belief, not just by statements like that but by how he backs them up.
“He made the big bold move to leave United, the best club in the world in my eyes, at only 19 because he wanted opportunities. He backed himself to do it, which is a big thing to do for a kid of his age, and he has not looked back since.
“You have to have that arrogance about you as a young player coming through at United, otherwise you sink. You won’t make it.
“The senior players sense it if you doubt yourself and, if they sense a weakness, their natural instinct is to see if you can push a player down now and again to see if they can come back up.
“There was not a chance of that happening with Pogba. I remember Paul Scholes kicking the living daylights out of him in every single training session, every day.
“But he earned our respect by never moaning, never shouting and never making a fuss. He always wanted the ball still and that kind of attitude has helped him progress.
“He has great technique too. He is the same size as me, at over 6ft 1in, but he has great feet and silky skills.
“His touch is phenomenal, and he is a fantastic footballer.”