Mino Raiola has once against provoked the ire of AC Milan fans with his latest statements and the timing of them, a report has claimed.
MilanNews relays some of the agent’s words from an interview with Rai Sport which won’t actually air until Monday, starting with Raiola’s version of events on how Gianluigi Donnarumma’s exit happened, hinting that he could have actually joined Juventus.
“I’m sorry for how Gigio was treated. He made a life choice, there was no betrayal. He could have left 4 years ago and he didn’t. Juventus? I think they still have a great regret for not having taken him. And not just Juventus,” he said.
Of course Donnarumma is the past now Mike Maignan is the present and the future, but these are still comments that are designed to provoke and antagonise. Ultimately the agent got the solution he wanted and the player joined a competitive team, so was there really a need to mention Juventus or any betrayal?
He went on to make even more baffling comments: “Romagnoli and De Ligt are among the strongest defenders in Europe. De Ligt has a contract, while Romagnoli expires next year. I think they could play together next year at Juventus, but be careful because De Ligt could also leave Juve at the end of the season. This is how the market works.”
A little over 24 hours before the big match at Allianz Stadium between the two sides, the agent of Milan’s captain is talking about him going on a free transfer to a rival. In addition to the obvious question of respect and morality, this is an issue that does not even concern Raiola yet, because until the six months prior to the expiry of the contract a player cannot have contact with other clubs.
The timing of the statements and the fact Raiola chose to say what he did says a lot about how he operates, and it has no doubt caused a stir in the offices of Casa Milan.