In an exclusive interview for ESPN, Paul Pogba has proved a young man who shows intelligence, humor, humility and ambition, here are the most important bits of it:

Alex Ferguson: “Sir Alex Ferguson is a coach I respect a lot. But he’s a human. I’m someone who says what he thinks. Whether it’s Ferguson or [President Barack] Obama, I’ll tell him. Ferguson came to my place. We talked. It did make me think. He wanted to keep me, but I’d made my decision to leave.”

FIRST DAY: “In my first training session with Juventus I lost three kilos. Here they really work physically and tactically. In England it’s more explosive, it doesn’t stop, but tactically it’s not the same as in Italy. And in Italy, training sessions are longer.”

ABOUT PIRLO: “His calmness, his confidence. He’d miss a pass and it didn’t matter — he was sure he’d succeed with the next one. … He could decide matches. I’d like to be as decisive. Before he got the ball, he knew who he would give it to — Pirlo, Paul Scholes, they knew how to read the game. I manage that from time to time [laughs]. Because I’m fairly big, I like to use my body. So I’ll control the ball, even when there’s a player on me, and then I’ll pass. They are smaller, so they’ll play faster so as not to be touched.”

THE NEW MIDFIELDER: “Doing everything: defend, attack, score, give assists, tackle, win back the ball. Be a leader on the field.”

AMBITIONS: “That’s my strength. I want to work, to be a great, to win everything. Although I won 4 Scudetti, I don’t think I am a great. I think I’ve done nothing. I’ve done nothing in soccer. I’ve won leagues, but I haven’t won the Champions League, the World Cup, the Euro. Winning the Euro in France, that wouldn’t be bad.”

LEAVING JUVENTUS “I’m thinking about the match to come. Then there’s the Euros, and after that the holidays.”