Super-agent Mino Raiola is most-famous for his phenomenal stable of clients including Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Henrikh Mkhitaryan but it is another client, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has produced Raiola's long-running dispute with current Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.
Guardiola managed Ibrahimovic at Barcelona where the pair famously fell out. Raiola has revealed to The Independent that episode still irks him and he would rather send his players to lesser clubs now than let them work with Guardiola.
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.
I went for him that night in the corridors at Wembley [2011, Champions League final] - only Adriano Galliani, AC Milan’s chairman, stopped me. Lucky for Guardiola.
It had been reported when Guardiola first arrived at City that the club were interested in Pogba, but instead opted for Ilkay Gundogan.
Raiola has worked with Manchester City in the past, although it did not end well when his client Mario Balotelli eventually left the club in 2013.