“Pep Guardiola, the coach, is fantastic. As a person he’s an absolute zero. He’s a coward, a dog. He’s a classic priest. ‘Do as I tell you – don’t do what I do….’ If Manchester City win the Champions League this season it will emphasise what a good coach he is – but I’ll hate it.”
Raiola took his client Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s side during the conflict between the two of them back in the 2010/2011 season.
“Guardiola told Zlatan to go to him if he ever had any problems or complaints. But then he just ignored him and wasn’t playing him. He didn’t even say: ‘Hello’ to Zlatan. Guardiola did the same to Maxwell who is a lovely lad. So I told Zlatan to go and park his Ferrari in the manager’s spot!”
In the end, Guardiola forced Ibrahimovic out of Barcelona in 2011, so the Swede spent the season on loan at AC Milan and thus missed out on a Champions League winners’ medal when Barcelona defeated Manchester United 3-1 in the Wembley final.
“I went for him that night in the corridors at Wembley – only Adriano Galliani, AC Milan’s chairman, stopped me. Lucky for Guardiola.”