Man City boss Pep Guardiola has come under attack by super agent Mino Raiola for his treatment of his client Zlatan Ibrahimovic during his time with Barcelona in the 2009/10 season. The Italian football agent has issued strong words towards the Catalan manager, labelling him a “great manager” but a poor person who lacks courage, according to online sportsbook news.
The feud between Guardiola and Ibrahimovic is a well-known story in football
Ibrahimovic detailed the strained relationship with Guardiola is best chronicled in his 2011 book “I Am Zlatan” where he likens himself to a Ferrari, but was “being driven like a Fiat” by the former Barcelona manager, during their one and only season together at the Nou Camp.
And now again, his agent Raiola is adding more details to the story that has seen Ibrahimovic shipped off to AC Milan in the summer of 2010, merely one year after arriving to Barcelona in what was then the most expensive transfer ever for the Catalan powerhouse.
Raiola manages top players, including Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku (source: 101GreatGoals.com)
“As a manager Guardiola is great, but as a human he’s a zero!” said the 50-year-old Raoila. “He said we had to talk to him if we had any complaints, but then he stopped playing Zlatan and ignored him. He didn’t even greet him. Guardiola is a classic priest: Do what I say, don’t do what I do. I advised Zlatan to go to work in a Ferrari and to park it in his spot. Guardiola is a cowardly dog.”
The Italian agent also adds that right before the 2011 Champions League final, Barcelona’s left-back Maxwell – one of his clients – was removed entirely from the list of available players for the game by Guardiola; not being even featured on the substitutes bench.
“He pulled the same trick on Maxwell, who is a great guy. I went to London for the Champions League final and saw in the stadium that he wasn’t on the list. So that f—king Guardiola wanted to let (Eric) Abidal make his re-entry (after recovering from liver cancer). That was fine of course, and you can see why, but be honest about it.”
It seems that Guardiola is looking to buy any players that are managed by Raiola
Raiola maintains a distinguished client list that, besides Zlatan Ibrahimovic, includes the likes of Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marco Verratti, Mario Balotelli, Blaise Matuidi and many others. Two of his most valued players – Pogba and Lukaku according to Transfermarkt – both play for Man City’s biggest rivals, Man United. None of his players are signed for the Sky Blues, and we’re predicting that won’t change anytime soon, as long as Guardiola is in charge at the Etihad Stadium.
Bet on Man City with online sportsbooks in UK, as they prepare to take on Everton at Goodison Park this Saturday (March 31). Guardiola’s side naturally are the favourites for the win 3/10 (1.30), while a victory for the home side 17/2 (9.50) seems highly unlikely. The worst that could happen to Man City is that they suffer a draw, which stands at 17/4 (5.25) – this could be a possibility as Goodison Park can be a tough ground for the visiting opposition.
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