Fiorentina winger Marko Pjaca insists he can “be up there with Neymar and Eden Hazard” if he puts the injury nightmares behind him.

The Croatia international moved from Dinamo Zagreb to Juventus for €23m in the summer of 2016, but barely featured due to serious knee injuries.

After a loan spell at Schalke 04, he joined Fiorentina on a €2m loan with €20m option to buy, although Juve retain a counter-option.

“I stopped improving due to the injury, but if I can play with consistency, then I’ll rediscover my confidence,” assured the 23-year-old in La Gazzetta dello Sport magazine Sportweek.

“With confidence, I can go back to those great moves and become what I was before. I just need to get out there and play.”

Nobody can doubt Pjaca’s self-belief, as he considers himself a potential superstar.

“I am aiming to become one of the best in the world in my role. At the moment, the best are Neymar and Hazard, but I can be up there with them, as long as I avoid further injuries.

“I find taking men on and beating them even more satisfying than a goal. At Fiorentina, each player knows what he has to do on the field, but Stefano Pioli leaves us forwards the freedom to dribble in the opposition half.

“Florence is a wonderful city, the team is young and the fans passionate. I have no regrets about Juventus, as when I arrived they had only one winger, Juan Cuadrado, but then I got hurt and couldn’t find playing time.”

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