“I Wouldn’t Let My Dog Sign This Contract”
Written By Onyeka Daniel
Before his death early this year on the last week of April, Italian Super, Mini Raiola was one of the most prominent football agent with a rich portfolio of players in his roster.
One of his clients, Paul Pogba, in a recent interview recalled an episode between him, Raiola and his former club, Manchester United. Speaking at the Golden Boy awards, where he presented the best agent award to his new agent, shared an episode at the Old Trafford with his deceased former agent:
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“When I was young, in Manchester, Ferguson wanted me to sign a renewal. When Mino arrived, he looked at the contract and said, ‘I wouldn’t let my dog sign this contract. Paul, get up and let’s go.”
The French midfielder joined Manchester United in 2009 at the age of 16 and spent three years in the club’s youth system before leaving for Juventus on a free transfer in 2012. He returned to England four years later in a deal worth around €105 million but struggled to replicate the form he found in Turin.
After six years in Manchester, Pogba again left on a free transfer for Juventus this summer. He’s currently out with injury and will miss the World Cup with France. Pogba also discussed his new agent Pimenta and how it felt to hand her the Best Agent award.
“For me it was a dream to win this award, I want to keep winning. How do I feel? Better, let’s say good. Rafaela Pimenta is my second mother, she has helped me so much in my career.
“She made me understand so many things not only in the world of football. She is a very important person for me and for my family.”
Julen Lopetegui, the new coach of English Premier League side, Wolverhampton wanderers, is targeting the signing of Real Valladolid defender, Javi Sanchez to strengthen his new team.
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The 25-year-old central defender came through at Real Madrid and has been at Valladolid on loan and then permanently since 2019. Sanchez has been an ever-present for Pacheta this season, starting 11 of their 12 matches and playing a key role in their impressive start to the season.
The player has a release clause of €25 million but could be sold for about €10 million plus €5 million in add-ons. Real Madrid still retain a 50% on his future sales, hence would be keeping an eye on this particular transfer. Lopetegui knows the player when he was coaching the youth team of the Spanish national team.
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