MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said Friday he was recently offered Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba by the player’s agent, Mino Raiola.
Guardiola’s revelation added extra spice to Saturday’s derby between City and United at Etihad Stadium. City can clinch the Premier League title with a win.
Guardiola was responding to a question about Raiola, who said in an interview last month the City coach is “absolute zero … a coward, a dog.”
“Finally, the people discover my secrets — I am a bad guy, I’m a coward,” Guardiola said sarcastically. “I don’t understand why I am such a bad guy. I never speak with him, so his influence on my opinion… I don’t know.”
“But … two months ago, he offered me (Henrikh) Mkhitaryan and Pogba to…