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Paul Pogba's agent hits back at Sir Alex Ferguson

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The agent of Paul Pogba has hit back at claims made by former-Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Scot has recently released a new book, named 'Leading', and he touched upon why Pogba left Old Trafford on a free transfer back in 2012.

Pogba Leaving Old Trafford

Pogba chose to let his contract expire in England before flying over to Italy and joining Juventus where he has gone on to win consecutive Serie A titles with The Old Lady.

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The Frenchman also played a key part in Juve's journey to the Champions League final last season.

Due to his rapid rise over the past three years, clubs like Chelsea and FC Barcelona are interested in signing the midfielder.

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It was revealed over the summer that Chelsea had a deal agreed with Juve over the sale for Pogba, but the midfielder himself chose to snub the move and remained in Turin. It's believed he is waiting for a move to Barca which would occur in the New Year.

In his new book, Sir Alex Ferguson claimed that it was due to Mino Raiola why the Frenchman left United in the first place, claiming the agent broke the relationship between the club and player.

Ferguson Blames Agent

"There are one or two football agents I simply do not like, and Mino Raiola, Paul Pogba's agent is one of them. I distrusted him from the moment I met him," the Scot wrote in the book.

"We had Paul under a three-year contract, and it had a one-year renewal option which we were eager to sign.

"Raiola suddenly appeared on the scene and our first meeting was a fiasco. He and I were like oil and water.

"From then our goose was cooked because Raiola had been able to integrate himself with Paul and his family and the player signed with Juventus."

However, in response to Ferguson, Raiola himself has hit back and has claimed the Premier League club didn't care about his client and didn't know what was best for him.

Agent Fights Back

“Ferguson hadn’t shown that he’d figured out who Pogba was,” Raiola told Tuttosport.

“If Mr Ferguson doesn’t like me, for me that’s a compliment, it means I’m doing my job well. I have to do the best for my clients, not coaches and staff.

“If I was looking after my own interests, I’d have tried to convince Pogba to stay in Manchester, to safeguard the relationship with United for future business.

“I, however, was only interested in Paul’s good, I don’t think Ferguson wanted what was best for Pogba.

“He was a great manager, but even the great managers make mistakes. Ferguson did not believe in the player, Juventus did.”

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