Tuesday December 31 2019
Raiola: 'United ruined Pogba!'

Mino Raiola hit out at Manchester United for “ruining” Paul Pogba, said Zlatan Ibrahimovic was “like Queen” and that Everton are “chuffed” with Moise Kean.

The transfer window has yet to reopen for the winter, yet Raiola has already been busy, negotiating Ibrahimovic’s return to Milan from LA Galaxy.

“Zlatan is back to have fun and entertain the world,” he told La Repubblica.

“I couldn’t allow his last stage to be in Los Angeles. These six months will be like the last tour of Queen, a long tribute: it had to be done at San Siro.

“Who convinced who? We argued over every transfer. If I was ignorant, I would think it was always me who decided his teams.

“Instead at 52, I understand that he decides and then he makes me feel as if I made the decision.”

Another of the agent’s clients Erling Haaland has also been on the move, joining Borussia Dortmund after he had been linked with Juventus.

“No [he didn’t join Juve] because he’s not a defender and because he’s not De Ligt, who has been Netherlands captain for two years.

“Italians don’t know how to exploit their own talent, let alone others’. I happen to meet Italian scouts who cry miracle if they see a strong teenager.

“Then I say to them: ‘What are you going to do if you don’t let him play?’”

Kean is still adapting to life in the Premier League with Everton, but Raiola is confident the Italy starlet will eventually flourish under Carlo Ancelotti.

“I’m very sad too. I wouldn’t have taken him to the Premier League if he didn’t speak perfect English because it’s very rare for a young Italian lad to adapt abroad: let’s ask ourselves why Spain and France continue to export players and we don’t.

“Yet if I left him at Juventus, they would have made him play in Serie C. Everton aren’t happy with him, rather they’re chuffed.

“They know that it’s only a matter of time with him because in the Premier League, the technical and physical values ​​are higher and Serie A doesn’t prepare you enough.

“In this sense, Kean is like Balotelli, such a precocious talent who has skipped stages of his development but must recover because there are gaps.

“I have a stack of requests for him on my desk, but Everton have no intention of selling him or letting him leave [on loan].”

Finally, the representative slammed United for their handling of Pogba, in stark contrast to another interview he gave Sky Sports UK.

“I wouldn’t bring anyone there now. They’d also ruin Maradona, Pele and Maldini. Paul needs a team and club like the Juventus team he played in.”

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