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Pogba welcomes Neymar praise but remains committed to Juventus

Paul Pogba says he is fully focused on Juventus’ Scudetto charge, but admitted to being pleased to hear praise from Barcelona’s Neymar.

Paul Pogba has welcomed praise from Barcelona star Neymar but insists he is happy with life at Juventus.

The Brazil international claimed this week that he would relish the chance to play alongside Pogba, who has long been linked with a possible transfer to Camp Nou.

Pogba, who scored the winning goal as Juve came from behind to beat AC Milan on Saturday, was delighted to hear of Neymar’s admiration but says his sole focus is on securing the Serie A title.

It’s great to hear that a star player appreciates my skills, but I am happy to remain at Juve, he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “I’m focused on winning the Scudetto.

Even though there is a lot of transfer talk, that is my focus. It’s the only thing that crosses my mind.

We are nine points up on Napoli and the battle isn’t over. We must continue to win.

Napoli will look to close the gap at the top of the table when they host Verona on Sunday.

‘He is young, and I like how he plays,’ Neymar told La Liga’s official website. ‘I would love to swap shirts with him, and I think he would fit well at Barcelona.’

The 23-year-old midfielder has scored nine goals to Juventus this season and has been central to their sensational Serie A form in 2016.

His former team-mate Andrea Pirlo, who played alongside him in Juventus’ midfield for several years, said last week that Pogba would only be leaving Turin for a world-record fee.

He told The Mirror: ‘Of course, Juventus will want to keep him but sometimes you can get to a transfer fee that you can rebuild an entire team with and he would get to that fee.

At his age, you can build a team around him for the next years. If he does decide to leave, then I think it will be for a world record.

While Pogba helped take Juventus nine points clear at the top of Serie A, Barcelona’s lead in Spain was cut to three points after Real Sociedad inflicted their second successive defeat.