Mino Raiola has discussed the futures of Paul Pogba and Erling Haaland, whilst admitting his ambitions to take a ‘great footballer to Real Madrid’ this summer.
The super-agent has often caused controversy by publicly discussing the futures of his extensive clientele, including Manchester United midfielder Pogba, who was the subject of intense speculation last summer.
Real Madrid were one side strongly linked with a move to sign the 26-year-old, and Raiola’s latest comments are likely to increase uncertainty surrounding the star after revealing his ambitions to take a ‘great footballer’ to the Bernabeu this summer.
“My relations with Real Madrid are very good,” he told Marca. “I want to take a great footballer there and I will try this summer. It would be a pride for me and my footballers because Real Madrid is a great club. Alphonse Areola is already there, but it’s only half an operation because it’s a loan deal.
“I am in contact with [general director] Jose Angel Sanchez and I love discussing football and FIFA issues with him because his opinion interests me. I have great hope that one day he will be able to lead a great footballer to Real Madrid.”
Pogba’s long term future remains in doubt following an injury-hit campaign, the World Cup-winning star having made just eight appearances in all competitions for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side this season.
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Raiola admits the current campaign has been ‘difficult’ for the Frenchman, but says the midfielder is concentrating on returning to action when the Premier League resumes from suspension amid the coronavirus outbreak.
“Paul is going through a difficult time, but let it be clear because in England they are very sensitive, Pogba is focused on making a great end to the season with Manchester United.
“He wants to get back into the team and make a great end to the season and that United can reach the Champions League.”
Raiola also discussed the progress of teenage sensation Haaland, the forward having made a stunning impact since joining Borussia Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg during the January transfer window.
Haaland attracted interest from across Europe following a prolific run of form for Salzburg, though the teenager has continued that run since making the move to Germany, scoring 12 goals in just 11 appearances in all competitions.
Raiola says Haaland’s instant impact has surprised many in the footballing world, but says the 19-year-old will remain at Dortmund this summer as he bids to continue his rapid progression for Lucien Favre’s side.
🔥 How Erling Haaland became a teenage sensation this season…
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“He is a very important jewel,” the agent said. “It is nice to see him play and see how he develops in each game.
“Nobody thought that his adaptation to the Bundesliga or the Champions League in a team like Borussia Dortmund would be like that. No one expected it. It is not easy to go from Austria to Germany and show that level.
“He still has a lot to grow. He will be in Dortmund for the necessary time. It is true that he is a footballer who is enjoying the fastest stages of growth that one could think of. He did not think that when he left Salzburg. It was the right time, but I don’t think he’ll be leaving Dortmund this summer.”