Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola is at it again.
Raiola, who has been at the centre of controversy regarding Paul Pogba and his future at Manchester United, has stirred up the pot with his latest remarks.
Raiola, speaking to The Athletic, blamed Sir Alex Ferguson for Pogba’s departure from the club in 2012, saying that he did not have faith in the Frenchman.
In his autobiography, Ferguson had blamed Raiola for manipulating Pogba into leaving Old Trafford. But the superagent denied the claims and said that he wanted the midfielder to stay at the club.
“When Ferguson criticised me, that was my biggest compliment anybody could give me,” Raiola told The Athletic. “Ferguson is used to people coming in and [saying]: ‘Yes, sir. Yes, sir. Yes, sir. Yes, sir’.”
Pogba returned to United for a club-record fee in 2016, but since then, speculations regarding his future with the club have dominated the media headlines.
Raiola said that the club owners – The Glazers – proved him right when they re-signed Pogba after Ferguson left as manager in 2013.
“All I have to say that when Ferguson left Manchester United the club’s owner [the Glazers], by buying back Paul Pogba, told me that I was right,” he added.
“Because I didn’t want to take Paul Pogba away. [Ferguson] didn’t believe in Paul Pogba.
“So when Ferguson says: ‘I don’t like him, it’s the biggest compliment that I could have. It’s like saying Sepp Blatter says: ‘I don’t like him’. Fantastic. I don’t care what Ferguson says.”
The Dutch-Italian agent created controversy in December when he told Tuttosport that Pogba’s stay at United has come to an end.
United went on to lose to RB Leipzig in the next game in which Pogba started from the bench, and crashed out of the Champions League.
On being asked how his remarks are affecting Pogba’s relations with United management, Raiola said that he does not care.
“I don’t give a f*ck if I never do another player with Manchester United,” he said. “I’m not in their hands.
“I’m independent. We have only one party that we take care of: our players. And as long as our players like us, you do what you have to do.