“A coward, a dog”: Raiola tests against Guardiola
Star consultant Mino Raiola has had an aversion to Pep Guardiola for years. Now the Italian remembers a quarrel with Ibrahimovic and talks himself into a rage.
Mino Raiola and Pep Guardiola are unlikely to become friends any more.
Since Raiolas client Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s retirement from FC Barcelona 2011, the relationship between the powerful advisor and the start coach has been regarded as severely strained. The conflict continues to this day, so Raiola prefers to place his players with other clubs.
“Pep Guardiola, the coach, is fantastic. As a person, he is an absolute zero. He is a coward, a dog,” Raiola was quoted by the Mirror.
“He’s a classic priest.’Do what I tell you not to do what I do…'”, the 50-year-old added. “When Manchester City wins the Champions League this season, it’ll underline what a good coach he is – but I’ll hate it.”
Ibrahimovic fell out of favour with Guardiola in Barcelona in 2010 and spent the season on loan from AC Milan.
Guardiola told Ibrahimovic that he could come to see him anytime he had problems, Raiola said in retrospect, “But he just ignored him, didn’t let him play and didn’t even say hello to Zlatan,” Raiola said, “so I told Zlatan to go and park his Ferrari in the coach parking lot”.
Ibrahimovic announced his move from Manchester United to Los Angeles Galaxy last week.