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Mino Raiola: 'I offer players to Manchester City, not Pep Guardiola'

Kompany insists City have made winning the title their priority Mino Raiola: 'I offer players to Manchester City, not Pep Guardiola'
Noah Ferguson | 07 April, 2018, 06:27

Pogba, 25, has been dropped over form issues on several occasions this season by manager Jose Mourinho and is represented by Dutch-Italian football agent Mino Raiola, who recently described Guardiola as a "coward" and a "dog" due to a long-standing feud involving another of his clients, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Manchester City were offered the chance to sign Manchester United's Paul Pogba during the January transfer window, according to City manager Pep Guardiola.

Mkhitaryan played for United, alongside Pogba, until he joined Arsenal in the January transfer window.

Pogba has endured a rocky season at Manchester United, with Jose Mourinho's handling of him leading to reports of a rift between the pair.

Raiola lashed out at Pep Guardiola last month by calling him a "coward and dog".

"I don't understand why I am such a bad guy".

"I am not a good guy". I never speak with him, so his opinion [about me], I don't know - maybe Ibra [Ibrahimovic] explained many things about me. But being this guy, two months ago he offered me Mkhitaryan and Pogba to play with us. Why?

Spaniard Guardiola refused to say whether he was interested in Pogba but said the 25-year-old France global "is an exceptional player, a top, top player".

Pep sarcastically blasted: "He (Raiola) has to protect his players and he has to know he can not bring the players to a guy like me, like a dog".

He jokingly added: "And comparing (with) a dog is bad. And to talk about dogs... that is disrespectful to dogs".

"Pogba is an incredible player ... a top, top player". I said no, we don't have the money enough to buy Pogba because he is so expensive. "So, no. No way". He deserves his players to play with better guys.

The claims appeared to come as a surprise to Pogba, who tweeted afterwards, "Say what?" But, he knows as well I am a top manager.

Asked if he was surprised by Raiola's offer, Guardiola said: "I'm surprised because I am a dog, that's why".

"He's a classic priest: 'Do as I tell you - don't do what I do'".

City are now 16 points ahead of United, although they did suffer a shock 3-0 loss to Premier League rivals Liverpool in the first leg of a Champions League quarter-final tie at Anfield on Wednesday.

A victory for City at the Etihad on Saturday would clinch the trophy, but with that title already a foregone conclusion/unavoidable eventuality regardless of Saturday's result, you can be certain that the focus of the match will probably be a lot less wholesome than just "Can City win it?" What I want to feel is [winning] the toughest league by far.

"Last season, we are not able to get the feeling that we are ready to compete in Europe", Guardiola said.

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