Mino Raiola has never backed down from any kind of controversies, and he’s always enjoyed giving the media headlines with his bold claims and statements.
However, it looks like this time he took his little game with the press a step forward, after completely trolling them for the reports that claimed Matthijs de Ligt was almost ready to join Barcelona:
“Barcelona? You all wrote so much bullsh#t!. It’s not a question of who wanted him most, but Juve is the best team for him. For a defender, it is important to come to Italy. If you are to become the greatest in the world, it is a necessary stage. He’s the number one among the youngsters. He’s like (Pavel) Nedved, maybe more than him, for his mentality and he’s like Zlatan (Ibrahimovic) for his ambition. He has it all,” Raiola told the media while his client was undergoing his medical with Juventus.
De Ligt was one of the world’s most heavily pursuit players after his breakout season with Ajax, even making it to the Netherlands’ national team playing side by side with Virgil van Dijk.
Moreover, with Barcelona already securing the signing of his friend and teammate Frenkie de Jong and Josep Maria Bartomeu being quite fond of de Ligt’s talents, rumors pointed towards de Ligt also being ready to commit with the Blaugranas.
However, the 19-year-old wound up completing a €75 million move to join the Italian champions, a team that has vowed to take a step forward in the UEFA Champions Leauge amid Maurizio Sarri’s appointment.
As for Raiola, he’s likely to keep making the media guess what’s going to happen with the rest of his clients, with Paul Pogba currently drawing a lot of attention for his desire to leave Manchester United amid Real Madrid’s interest in signing him.