Paul Pogba has reacted to Pep Guardiola’s sensational claims that Manchester City snubbed the chance to sign the Manchester United midfielder in January.
City boss Guardiola insisted Pogba’s super agent Mino Raiola offered the Frenchman and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to him in January.
The former Barcelona chief snubbed the chance to make the swoop, with Pogba staying at United, albeit at loggerheads with Jose Mourinho, while Mkhitaryan joined Arsenal – with Alexis Sanchez moving in the other direction.
“Finally, the people discover my secrets, I’m a bad guy, I’m a coward,” said Guardiola sarcastically.
“I don’t understand why I am such a bad guy. But being this guy, two months ago he offered me Mkhitaryan and Pogba to play with us. Why?
“Why did he offer them? He was interested in Mkhitaryan and Pogba playing with us.
“Pogba is an incredible player. A top, top player.
“I said no. We don’t have the money enough to buy Pogba because he is so expensive.”
But within minutes of the quotes being released, Pogba took to Instagram to reply to the claims.
Pogba posted an image from training where he has his hands cupped to his ear along with the seemingly disbelieving caption: “Say what?”
Guardiola’s claims will further strain Mourinho’s relationship with Pogba and the Blues chief says he was surprised by Raiola’s offer when the Italian had said he didn’t want this players working with him.
“I’m surprised because I am a dog!” he said. “I am not a good guy. He deserves his players to play with better guys.
“But he knows as well that I am a top manager. Thank you.”
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