Mario Mandzukic has confirmed he intends to stay at Juventus and believes Paul Pogba will become ‘the best in the world’.
Speaking to Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti, the striker discussed his first season at Juventus and the upcoming scudetto celebrations.
“We haven’t celebrated properly, as the season is not yet complete and we need to stay focused. We’ll get the chance to have a party on May 14 against Sampdoria.
“The club is organising something at the Juventus Stadium and I think it’s going to be wonderful.
“I knew this was a big club with a fantastic tradition behind it, but unless you get to experience it for yourself, you can’t realise how perfectly the club is organised, the mentality and temperament, which are unique.
“I am really impressed with the organisation here and I have been at other big clubs. Especially during moments of crisis, the directors and staff really protected the squad.
“I am very happy here and I feel extraordinary! I had bad luck with injuries, but now I feel great and that is why I’m happy.
“The start was not easy in Turin, as for the first time I had physical problems and was coming face to face with Italian football.
“On top of that we had 10 new players in the squad, so it took time to settle and solidify the team unit. The turning point came after the defeat to Sassuolo, as in the locker room we looked each other in the eye and confronted the issues.
“That’s when I realised this group had character and Juve were going to have a great campaign.
“He [Allegri] helped me a great deal. He wanted me at Juve, he was close to me when I wasn’t well and always supported me. If Diego Simeone is a gladiator, then Allegri is a man of character and his results speak for him.
“I want to stay here, 100 per cent. I am happy at Juve and next season we can do even better. The important thing is to maintain the squad and introduce a couple of stars. That way we can fight to win the Champions League.”
Mandzukic turned his attention to teammate Paul Pogba, who has impressed him this season.
“I have seen many great midfielders in my career, but nobody can compare to Pogba in terms of age, quality and potential.
“He will become one of the best in the world, if not the best. I already told him, ‘You have to stay in Turin for another couple of years to complete that step up in quality.’
“I am also very close to Patrice Evra. He is the wise old sage of the group. I really like him as he is someone outside of the norm. You know you can always rely on him.”