Mino Raiola insists Paul Pogba has a ‘great commitment’ to Manchester United and has offered to ‘reach out’ to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer amid a growing war of words between the pair.
The controversial super-agent has been embroiled in a back-and-forth with Manchester United manager Solskjaer this week, the two seemingly at loggerheads over the future of midfielder Pogba.
The France international has long been linked with a move away from the club and Raiola this week talked up a potential return for the 26-year-old to Juventus, comments which led to an exchange of words between the two via the media and a bizarre social media post from the agent claiming his client is not Solskjaer’s ‘property’.
Raiola has now backtracked on his comments and insisted it was never his intention to cause offence to either Solskjaer or the club, offering to ‘reach out’ to the Norwegian to settle their differences.
“I will reach out to Ole because nothing serious is going on. I certainly did not intend to have any disrespect to the club or towards him,” Raiola said in an interview with Sky Sports.
“Having players at Manchester United, I only want the best for the team and the club.
“I have nothing against Ole and I don’t think he has anything against me. I did only think that saying Paul is Manchester United’s was not the right reaction.
“I only wanted to respond to everyone who said that because you employ a player, therefore, you own them and can do whatever you want with them.”
Pogba has made just eight appearances in all competitions this season as he battles an ongoing ankle injury, and Raiola appeared to make a U-turn on a potential exit for the midfielder this summer by insisting the Frenchman retains a ‘great commitment’ to the club as he bids to return to full fitness.
“Paul has great commitment to the club, there is no question about that,” Raiola said.
“Paul has a contract with Manchester United and wants to get back fit as quick as possible and back into the team to be a positive factor until the end of the season.
“In this moment, there are no talks [over Pogba’s future]. He is only committed to Manchester United and he respects his contract. Everybody is worried about Pogba leaving, but I am not worried.”
Raiola even admitted there is a possibility Pogba – whose current deal runs until summer 2021 – could extend his contract at Old Trafford, revealing he is ‘open for talks’ on a new deal upon his return from injury.
“We are open for talks after he gets back [from injury]. For now, there is a contract and the only thing he is focused on is getting back to fitness.
Jamie Carragher on Mino Raiola…
🗣"Manchester United have washed their hands of him, and when Haaland is scoring for Borussia Dortmund they're getting criticized"
Not often i agree with Carragher but yeah spot on here. pic.twitter.com/4yPW4UTPNy
— UTFR 🇾🇪 (@ManUtd_HQ) February 17, 2020
“When an agent represents any player, of course there will be talks about how to move on or move forward if you are still part of the plans for the manager, there is nothing strange about that.
“I thought my interview was very innocent when I said: ‘maybe one day he will return [to Italy] because it is like a second home’ but I didn’t say he would come back next year or the year after. You never know if he will come back or not.
“For this kind of player, there can’t be a lot of interest because not a lot of clubs can afford him. There are no talks with any clubs at the moment.”