Pep Guardiola has suggested he is keen to take Paul Pogba to Manchester City. The Spaniard faced the 22-year-old during the Champions League clash between Juventus and Bayern Munich on 23 February and has revealed he rates the young Frenchman highly.

Pogba has been persistently linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium in recent years and Guardiola has hinted he is keen to make a move for the player when he replaces Manuel Pellegrini at City in the summer.

"Now he's a Juventus player, he's very strong and very young. He's shown his value but I know he's happy at Juve and I wish him a long career. Would I like to coach him? It doesn't depend on me but on the club," the soon-to-be City manager explained, according to The Mirror.

Guardiola's remarks come shortly after Pogba revealed himself to be a huge fan of the manager, whose appointment at City was confirmed recently. "He is a coach of with a lot of experience and has a great game philosophy," the France international explained.

"Therefore, he always has a great influence on his team. All the players respect him. You only have to look at him and you want to learn from him. I've heard that he improves every player. He is a football icon," he said in response to rumours of interest from City. "Right now I am still with Juventus but clearly if you have chance to work with someone like him, you can only develop further."