Patrick Vieira has admitted Manchester City made a mistake by not signing Paul Pogba when his contract at Manchester United expired.
Pogba, 20, signed for Juventus in 2012 and went on to play a prominent part as Antonio Conte’s team retained the Serie A title last season as well as forcing his way into the French national team.
And Vieira, who is now manager of City’s reserves after serving as their Football Development Executive for two years, wishes his countryman was at the Etihad Stadium.
The former Arsenal captain, who won 107 caps for France, said Pogba is an “extraordinary” footballer who offers more going forward than he did.
Vieira told L'Equipe: “Many people say that he is like I was. I think he is more offensive than me and perhaps better technically. He is a player that I really like.
“I saw him play for Manchester United. That Manchester City did not take him when he left was a mistake because he is an extraordinary player.”
Pogba joined United from Le Havre in 2009 but never started a game for them and opted to sign for Juventus rather than extended his stay at Old Trafford.
Since missing out on Pogba, City have bought three central midfielders in Jack Rodwell, Javi Garcia and Fernandinho.