A statement by our beloved club:
FC Barcelona would like to state that we consider that recent statements by agent Mino Raiola are unacceptable as he has again questioned the honour and moral integrity of our first-team coach Josep Guardiola and that of Johan Cruijff.
The statements were published in Swedish newspaper ‘Expressen’ and reproduced extensively by numerous agencies and international media outlets.
For this reason, the FC Barcelona legal department is considering taking legal measures against Mr. Raiola, including taking him to court. With immediate effect FC Barcelona is blocking all pending payments to Mr. Raiola in relation to his contractual agreements with the club.
I lack the verbiage to express how happy this makes me. Recent statements by Ibrahimovic’s agent Mino Raiola, most recently that Cruijff and Guardiola “need to shut up and go play cards together in a mental hospital,” and other nonsense, are stupid, irritating bits of post facto record cleaning. “We’re so unhappy with how we were treated! See us spew bile to anyone who would listen.”
We invited them in, and they took a dump on the carpet. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was one of the club’s most hailed signings in some time. The potential was immense, and it was fully realized for much of the season. When he went off the boil, he got replaced by a midget, and apparently got all sulky, calling Guardiola a “philosopher,” who “invented football the way Barcelona plays it.”
With each statement, each dimwitted utterance, he makes Guardiola’s decision seem all the more sage. But we couldn’t really deal with Ibrahimovic, except to say good riddance to bad psychic rubbish. But Raiola, we can, apparently. A big mouth should cost you money when you spout nonsense.
I’m not sure how much of that 6m has gone Raiola’s way. Hopefully, about EUR100.
We have said a lot about Rosell and his board, but we also have to give full credit where it is due. The club is not taking the nonsense of blabber-mouthed agents and fabricated quotes lying down. Visca!
Cruijff comments, and Raiola’s response to them
At a Football Awards event, Cruijff said that “it’s very special to play in a club like Barca. People here are completely different from the rest of Spain. They have their idiosyncrasies that you have to adjust to.” Cruijff added that “Ibrahimovic fits better in Italy.”
Raiola: “You know what I have to tell Cruyff? You can go to hell. He is becoming senile and has no courage to continue his coaching career. He doesn’t know how to coach a modern club.”
(Recall that Raiola said that Guardiola needed to go to a mental hospital during the Ibrahimovic sale talks) I think Cruyff and Guardiola can go to the mental hospital together, sitting and playing cards.”
“There is a children’s …. card game where you have to take four of a kind, Guardiola and Cruyff can sit and play the game.
“Why didn’t Cruijff say that Zlatan wouldn’t fit (at Barca) before he was bought?”