Last December, Mino Raiola set England on fire by releasing this statement about Paul Pogba, of which he is the agent. “Paul is not happy in Manchester, he can no longer express himself as he would like. He has to change teams, places. He has a contract that ends in a year and a half, in the summer of 2022, but I think the best solution for all parties is a sale at the next transfer window (summer). The Old Trafford club, with whom relations are good, know they would risk losing him for € 0, given the player’s intention is not to extend his contract. “ The 53-year-old agent was then accused of all evils in England.
In a new interview, given today to the BBC, Raiola returned to this media release. “I just expressed an opinion, I didn’t want to cause a problem. I don’t think that has unsettled anyone, because they had a fantastic streak and they were even first, for a while, in the league ”, he recalls, rightly. “Every time I give my opinion, everyone in England goes crazy, and I’m the worst agent, or the best agent… And the clubs are so stressed by the public and the journalists that I have learned not to. talk a lot “, he assures. The one who manages the present and the future of Pogba, but also of Ibrahimovic, De Ligt, Lukaku or Balotelli, refuses to be the scapegoat, even if he does not hold back to throw his pikes.
The race is on for Haaland
For him, the main thing is to protect his players and put them at the center of the game. He does not need to do much with Erling Haaland, another of his prestigious clients, as the Norwegian reaped the praise for his performances. with Borussia Dortmund. “Obviously everyone sees Erling as one of those new potential future stars because it’s so difficult to do what he’s doing at his age at his level. He will be one of the future stars of the next decade as we see stars like Ibrahimovic, Ronaldo and Messi coming to an age where everyone is asking, “how long can we still enjoy this?” Everyone is therefore looking for the new generation. “
But as the question of the 20-year-old’s future comes to the fore regularly, Mino Raiola preserves the suspense. “Only a maximum of 10 clubs can afford to buy him and offer him the right base after being at Dortmund. And four of those clubs are in England. I don’t think there is a sports director or a coach in the world who would say “not interested”. It’s like saying, “Is there a Formula 1 team that wouldn’t be interested in Lewis Hamilton?” “ One thing is certain, the 53-year-old agent has, for his part, been able to anticipate the arrival of the new generation to continue to be a very influential agent in the world of football.