Mino Raiola discusses conveying Paul Pogba’s “opinion” following a previous request to leave Man Utd

Controversial agent Mino Raiola commented on comments he made late last year suggesting that Paul Pogba could leave Manchester United in the near future.

Raiola risked United’s anger in December by claiming that his client was “unhappy” at the club and would likely try to continue for the summer.

Since then, Pogba’s performances at Old Trafford have improved, and it is still unclear whether the French midfielder will stay in Manchester beyond the current season.

Speaking in an interview with BBC Sport, Raiola insisted he had not tried to offend anyone with his comments at the time.

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“I just expressed an opinion, I didn’t want to create problems,” Raiola said.

“I don’t think it destabilized anyone because they had a fantastic run and were even first, for a while, in the league.

“Do you think big players like Paul Pogba – or Solskjaer, who has won everything in his life – are destabilized by what Mino Raiola says? Come on, please. But I’m not talking about it anymore. Life makes it a little boring, but that’s what which is.

“Whenever I say 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 journalists that I’ve learned not to talk about it much.”

Some also accused Raiola of putting his financial interests first, but he again strongly denied those claims.

“It’s not nice to always hear the same prejudices,” he added. “But perhaps the public may also think, ‘If this man is so greedy and so bad, how are all his players happy and staying with him?’

Mino Raiola defended himself against accusations of greed
Mino Raiola defended himself against accusations of greed

“I would be lying if I said that I don’t mind … how can you judge whether I was a good agent of (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic? The only one who can judge that is Ibra himself.

“I don’t have the power and influence … my job is to achieve the best I can for my player. And no more than that. And that’s to provide a whole range of services that people don’t even know about.

“My players don’t call me a parasite and that’s what I work for. I only care about what my players call me.”