Thursday, 26 April, 2018

'Man.City were offered Utd's Pogba in January'

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Eugene Bates | 07 April, 2018, 00:54

No team has ever wrapped up the league with more than five games to spare, with United now holding that record from season 2000-01. After failing to secure a pay rise for his star client on the back of Alexis Sanchez's January move to Old Trafford, Raiola began canvassing the interest of other leading clubs in Pogba with a view to a summer transfer. The timing of Guardiola's quotes in interesting given that City face off Pogba's United at the weekend in the 5.30 kick-off. "He's a coward, a dog".

However Raiola has countered the claims, saying he never spoke to Pep, and would only speak to Manchester City, but stopped short of saying whether or not the players had been available. I think if a coach wants to speak to you then you do it. So, like a dog, he wants his players to come here.

Ahead of a day of destiny, Guardiola explained why he is so desperate for his players to keep passing the ball over short distances - and also revealed his thoughts on switching his defensive system next season.

"And comparing to a dog is bad. He has to respect the dogs".

The French global appeared to respond to Guardiola's quotes as he tweeted: 'say what?' followed by an ear emoji and an image of himself cupping his hand behind his ear. I'll give you a huge list of my big rivalries, believe me'.

The Belgian worldwide can win his first premier league title with a win this weekend against cross-town Rivals Manchester United, the team his former manager coaches. Therefore, it seems highly likely that Guardiola will rotate his side - or, at least, omit some of those who are guaranteed to start on Tuesday. "So I told Zlatan to go and park his Ferrari in the manager's spot".

A win for Guardiola's side will see them crowned Premier League champions with six games to spare. The Catalan then said he had "a question" about Raiola's behaviour.

It may be a tough decision - and an unpopular one among fans desperate to get one over on their fiercest rivals - but pulling some key personnel out of the derby firing line could serve Guardiola well.

'I could answer him. But being a bad guy, like two months ago he offered Mkhitaryan and Pogba to play with us. Meanwhile, Liverpool is inching closer with 66 points, but have played one more game than Mourinho's men.

Asked what his reaction was to being offered Pogba, Guardiola added: 'Pogba is an incredible player.

United haven't had a bad season by any stretch of the imagination, and the progress they have made under Jose Mourinho hasn't always been obvious, but it's most definitely there.

"But hopefully the people are going to be correct, we just play a game and they enjoy it like they have all season".

Man City boss Guardiola said today he was invited by Mino Raiola, Pogba's agent, to sign the midfielder and former team-mate Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

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