Manchester United news: Paul Pogba will not stay and Zinedine Zidane is the best man to manage him, says Mido

23 May

Mino Raiola will already be planning how to get Paul Pogba out of Manchester United this summer, according to former striker Mido.

The Egyptian star, who was represented by the super-agent for a decade of his playing career, says Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is the best man to manage the French midfielder and believes he will soon be heading for the exit door.

Pogba is said to be open to a move away from Old Trafford after United missed out on a place in next year’s Champions League – finishing sixth in the Premier League.

Pogba has been slammed for his attitude this season and even had a confrontation with fans following United’s final day defeat to Cardiff
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The club are determined to keep the 26-year-old, though, and are reportedly ready to give him the captain’s armband in a bid to tempt him to stay.

However, Mido believes the captaincy will not be enough and that Raiola will be already planning Pogba’s next destination.

And he says joining Zidane at Real Madrid would be the perfect fit, as the France legend knows how to get the best out of his ‘moody’ compatriots.

“Pogba’s agent is Mino Raiola – Mino was my agent for ten years and he knows what he’s doing, believe me,” said the former Tottenham striker on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.

“He will be thinking now that maybe it’s the right time for Paul to go away.

“He knows he will be under pressure next season so, believe me, Mino will be looking for another club.

Mino Raiola, right, represents some of the biggest names in football, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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“I don’t see Pogba staying at Manchester United, even if they offer him the captaincy.

Of course, Zidane loves Pogba. He loves him.

“Zizou knows how to deal with the French boys. He knows the mentality. French boys are different, a little moody, if you can say that. If you can make them happy they will be at their best

“He’s done great with Karim Benzema and he knows how to get the best out of Pogba.”

Listen back to a clip of Mido on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast above

Gareth Bale urged to end Real Madrid nightmare and ‘take a pay cut to come back to Spurs’ by former Tottenham striker Mido

22 May

Alan Brazil has sensationally claimed Gareth Bale is ‘fed up’ of football and wants to QUIT the game – but former Tottenham striker Mido has urged the Welsh star to come back to Spurs.

Bale is facing a summer of uncertainly at Real Madrid having become an outcast at the Bernabeu since Zinedine Zidane’s return as manager.

The 29-year-old was an unused substitute as Real concluded their dreadful season with a home defeat to Real Betis – and is said to have stormed down the tunnel without acknowledging fans.

Gareth Bale has made just five starts since Zidane was re-appointed as manager in March
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Speaking in a recent interview with BT Sport, Bale hinted at his frustrations at Madrid and with life as a footballer, comparing it to ‘living like a robot’.

Gareth Bale speaking on BT Sport's 'State of Play':

“We’re told where to be, when to be there, what time we have to eat, what time we have to go to the coach.

“It’s kind of like you lose your life in a way. You’re kind of just told what to do.

“I think a career in football is so short that sometimes you just have to sacrifice it.

“Some people think it’s worth it and some people think it’s not.

“Everyone knows when it’s time to retire.”

Responding to those quotes on Wednesday’s Sports Breakfast, host Alan Brazil said: “I’m hearing that he’s just fed up with it all now, he just wants to retire and play golf – that’s his love. It’s a shame, really.”

And former Tottenham striker Mido replied saying he’d ‘love’ to see the White Hart Lane favourite back in a Spurs shirt.

“I hope that’s not true,” said the Egyptian. “I’ve always known Gareth as a top professional, he gave everything for Tottenham and gave everything for Real Madrid and I believe he deserves more respect.

“Honestly, I would love to see him back at Tottenham. I remember his first day at Tottenham, I was there and I remember him being shown around the training ground with his mum and dad as a young boy.

“I believe if he goes back to Tottenham he will get his desire back. I think Gareth is one of those players who needs to feel loved to play well, and at Tottenham everyone loves him.

Bale became one of Tottenham’s greatest and most well loved players during his six-year spell in north London
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“The news that’s coming out now is really bad because you can see there’s something against him at Madrid and he deserves more respect.”

It’s been six years since Bale joined Real Madrid for a then-record £85million, and while he enjoyed initial success he has steadily fallen out of favour with supporters and his boss.

Zidane is keen to offload him in the upcoming transfer window, although reports in Spain have claimed Bale is happy to see out the remaining three years of his £350,000-a-week contract – even if it means he will not play.

But former Tottenham striker Mido has urged his old team-mate to put the money aside and come back to north London, where he will be welcomed back with open arms.

Bale, who joined Real for £85m in 2013, has scored 102 goals in 231 appearances for the club, but is no longer rated by fans
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Asked if he had a message for his old team-mate, the former striker added: “Go back to Tottenham. Come back and play at Tottenham for three or four years.

“He’s got so much money, I’m sure he’ll well off enough now to have a happy life with his family.

“He needs to feel loved and people love him at Tottenham. If he goes back he will be one of the best players in the Premier League again.”

Listen to a clip on Wednesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast with Mido above

Tottenham news: ‘I think Mauricio Pochettino will leave,’ Mido believes and thinks Juventus could be next job

22 May

Former Tottenham striker Mido genuinely believes Mauricio Pochettino will leave the club this summer.

The Egyptian ace told talkSPORT2 he fears the popular manager will step down after the Champions League final against Liverpool, and could be set to take over at Juventus.

Pochettino has been mysteriously coy on his long-term future in recent weeks after guiding Spurs to their first ever European Cup final.

Mauricio Pochettino celebrates after Tottenham’s semi-final win over Ajax in Amsterdam
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The Argentine, linked with the Real Madrid and Manchester United jobs earlier this season, even hinted he could end his five-year spell in north London if they beat Liverpool in Madrid on May 1.

Speaking ahead of his side’s stunning semi-final comeback against Ajax, Pochettino said: “Winning the Champions League? Yes, it would be fantastic, no? Close a five-year chapter and go home.”

Asked by a reporter if he was joking, the boss then said: “It’s not a joke. Why?

“To win the Champions League with Tottenham, in this circumstance, this season, maybe I need to think a little bit to do something different in the future, for sure.

“Because to repeat this miracle, you know…”

Pochettino’s comments left plenty of heads scratching, and he cast further doubt on his future just days later by again hinting he could leave if he is not ‘given the tools’ for further success.

And, speaking to Paul Coyte on talkSPORT2, former Spurs star Mido said: “Pochettino has done a great job and I would be really, really disappointed if he leaves Tottenham.

“But, I think he will leave.

“I think he will leave [at the end of] this season. Honestly.

“I see him in his press conferences and I hear what he’s saying. I really feel it.”

Mauricio Pochettino has been linked with a move to take over at Italy giants Juventus
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Juventus are the latest club to be linked with an interest in the Argentine.

Reports in Italy have even claimed Pochettino has been speaking with the Serie A champions for the past ‘20 days’ over the possibility of succeeding Massimiliano Allegri.

And Mido can see it happening.

“You know what, Juventus would never let a manager go if they didn’t already have a deal with another manager,” he added.

“I really think he will be leaving. I might be wrong, but I have the feeling he will leave.”

Listen back to former Spurs striker Mido on talkSPORT 2 IN FULL above!

Tottenham vs Ajax: 10 players who have represented both clubs in the Champions League era

30 Apr

Tottenham Hotspur host Ajax at their new stadium tonight in one of the biggest games in the club’s modern history.

Even a decade ago getting to a Champions League semi-final was unthinkable and now they’re in one at their incredible arena.

Ajax manager Erik ten Hag and Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino.

The two clubs have plenty of history themselves and over the years have often signed players who have played a role for the other.

Most recently, Spurs spent a club record £42.5million on Colombian centre-back Davinson Sanchez, who has been a fine acquisition, albeit with some tweaks still needed to his game.

And the Premier League side may yet add another name to the list as they target Donny van de Beek.

But who are the other players who have played for both since the advent of the contest the two clubs will battle in tonight? Find out below.


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Davinson Sanchez

Still only 22, the Colombian is fast approaching 100 games for Spurs in two season. His acclimatisation has been swifter than many thought and with injuries hitting both Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen in both campaigns he’s been reliable when called upon and is developing nicely.

Davinson Sánchez played in the UEFA Europa League final against Manchester United in 2017

Toby Alderweireld

Sneakily signed from Atletico Madrid under the noses of Southampton, who loaned the player in 2014/15 but failed to cough up in time to land him permanently. He’s been a revelation from the start at White Hart Lane and undoubtedly one of the club’s greatest ever defenders.

Toby Alderweireld challenges Carlos Tevez of Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League back in 2012

Christian Eriksen

One of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ signed after the club sold Gareth Bale to Real Madrid for £85.3million, he’s one of two left, along with Erik Lamela and has been the bargain of the bunch thanks to his £11million fee. Eriksen is close to clocking up 300 games for the club and has 48 Premier League goals to his name and 60 assists.

Christian Eriksen in action for Ajax in 2012

Jan Vertonghen

Super Jan stuck with Spurs during some rough times at the club, playing under Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood. He’s rightly considered a hero and should, really, be thought of a modern legend. Vertonghen’s display against Borussia Dortmund at left wing-back was one of the best by any Tottenham star this season.

Jan Vertonghen captained Ajax to the Eredivisie title at Amsterdam Arena in 2011/12

Rafael van der Vaart

He may have only managed 60 minutes in most matches but they were world-class contributions. A partnership with Peter Crouch was curious on paper but worked wonders on the pitch. He helped Spurs to a Champions League quarter-final appearance and was always up for north London derbies, which endeared him to fans. He gave them two years of great memories.

Rafael van der Vaart celebrates scoring for Tottenham Hotspur in 2012

Edgar Davids

Already an Ajax legend thanks to his spell in the early 90s, he joined Tottenham in 2005 on a free transfer after he’d helped turn Barcelona around with an inspiring loan spell. His arrival at White Hart Lane wasn’t quite as impactful but he played a crucial season-and-a-half spell with the club as they evolved into a top six side. He re-signed for Ajax in 2007 and almost helped them to a title before leaving in 2008.

During his time at Spurs, Edgar Davids battled with Chelsea legend Frank Lampard

Steven Pienaar

The South African midfielder used Ajax as a stepping-stone to bigger things in the early 2000s, playing 94 league game before joining Borussia Dortmund. He then impressed at Everton with Spurs snapped him up in 2011 but he failed to produce and returned to Goodison Park, first on loan and then permanently just a year later.

Steven Pienaar starred in the Champions League for Ajax

Mido

A troublesome character in his early years, he had a prolific spell with Ajax cut short after numerous indiscretions in 2003. After spells with Celta Vigo, Marseille, and Roma, he found his way to White Hart Lane, on loan initially. His debut saw him net two goals against Portsmouth and he was a success, scoring 11 goals in his first full campaign. His permanent deal didn’t quite go as well with just two goals before leaving for Middlesbrough.

Mido threw a pair of scissors at Zlatan Ibrahimovic during his spell in Amsterdam

Teemu Tainio

A League Cup winner with Spurs, the hard-working and versatile midfielder was an excellent free transfer signing in 2005. He gave the club three good seasons and expertly trolled Didier Drogba in the aforementioned Carling Cup triumph over rivals Chelsea. He was reunited with ex-boss Martin Jol at Ajax in 2010 but after just five appearances in total he left for New York Red Bulls. His son Maximus now plays for Tottenham’s academy.

Tainio celebrates scoring against West Ham United in their famous 4-3 win at Upton Park in 2007

Thimothee Atouba

The eccentric Cameroonian left-back was famed for giving Spurs fans anxiety attacks due to his insistence on performing Cruyff turns in his own penalty area. His famous strike against Newcastle at St James’ Park with his weak right foot ended up being his only Premier League goal for the club as he left after just one season. One FA Cup match with Nottingham Forest saw him heavily jeered by his own supporters as he struggled up against Kris Commons. Like Tainio, Jol signed him for Ajax, from Hamburg, but he only made three senior appearances for the club.

Atouba’s goal against Newcastle was the high point of his Tottenham career

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Mounir El Hamdaoui

Perhaps the least known, from a Spurs angle, the Moroccan striker joined the north Londoners from Excelsior in the Netherlands back in January 2005 but he never made a Premier League appearance for the club and was shunted out on loan to Derby County for the start of the 2005/06 season. Injuries ended this early and he was sold to Willem II in 2006. He was hit by injuries there too but was reborn at AZ Alkmaar and scored 50 goals in 81 Eredivisie matches, earning him a switch to Ajax. Here he starred too – under Jol again – scoring in the Champions League against AC Milan. Jol, though, was replaced by Frank de Boer and he fell out with the striker, which meant that despite 19 goals in 38 matches in all competitions in 2010/11, he didn’t play at all in 2011/12 and was eventually sold to Fiorentina.

AC Milan’s Gennaro Gattuso attempts to tackle Mounir El Hamdaoui in the Champions League in 2010

Former Tottenham striker Mido recalls when Roy Keane tried and failed to sign him for Sunderland in Pizza Express

23 Apr

Former Tottenham striker Mido has told talkSPORT about Roy Keane’s failed attempt to wine and dine him – at a Pizza Express in Sunderland.

Struggling for regular game time at White Hart Lane following the arrival of Dimitar Berbatov, Mido was linked with number of other Premier League clubs in the 2006 summer transfer window.

Mido scored 20 goals in 63 games for Spurs

The ex-Roma man took a trip to visit the Black Cats training ground on the invitation of Keane, but says he knew pretty soon it would ‘never work’ between him and the Irish manager.

He ultimately joined Middlesbrough instead, and Mido has explained why he chose not to become a Sunderland player.

“It was never going to work with me and Roy Keane,” the former Egypt international said on Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.

“He took me for lunch. He wanted to convince me to sign for Sunderland just before I joined Middlesbrough. I was at Tottenham.

“My agent Mino Raiola said, ‘Mido, Roy Keane wants to have lunch with you and show you the training ground’.

Mido decided not to join Roy Keane at Sunderland after their awkward dinner date

“So I went to Newcastle airport, he came to pick me up in his Range Rover, we went to Sunderland and he took me to lunch to Pizza Express.

“I was very surprised that he didn’t talk to me much.

“Normally you get a player for lunch, you try to talk to him and try to convince him to sign for your club, but he didn’t talk much, he was just very quiet.

“I knew straight away that me and him, we could not work together, we would end up fighting. He was talking to me and looking at the ceiling…

“I knew straight away that it would not work.”

Manchester United warned they will have ‘another horrible season’ if they splash the cash in summer transfer window

23 Apr

Manchester United have been warned they will have ‘another horrible season’ if they bring too many new players to the club this summer.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted he is not completely happy with his current squad and is keen to give it a facelift when the transfer window opens.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s wants to give his United squad a makeover

A number of players’ futures are uncertain, with David de Gea, Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and a host of others linked with possible moves away from Old Trafford.

Club legend Solskjaer is unlikely to be left wanting for funds as he looks to build a side capable of closing the gap to rivals Manchester City and Liverpool.

But former Tottenham and Egypt striker Mido believes signing too many new stars would be a big mistake from the boss.

Speaking as a special guest on Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “If you make a lot of changes, you will have another horrible season.

“You have to make very minor changes, signing three or four players maximum and keep your best players and try to work on them.

“But to change the team completely, you will have another season like this one.

“The players know they have to do better, if you play for Manchester United you have to play better, you have to fight.”

Solskjaer has already found himself under pressure in the United hotseat, despite only signing a contract as United’s permanent manager four weeks ago.

The Red Devils seem to have fallen into the same slump of form and same mindset we saw towards the end of Jose Mourinho’s reign.

Man United stars looked pretty clueless against Everton on Sunday

Solskjaer lifted a cloud when he came in as caretaker boss in December, taking the team on a run of eight straight wins and 11 games without losing.

But now, United have lost six of their last eight games in all competitions.

And Mido believes it all changed for Solskjaer the moment he signed that contract as the club’s new full-time boss.

“I always think the pressure really starts when you have the job permanently,” the former striker added.

“If you are a manager only there until the end of the season, ok there is always pressure if you’re managing a big club, but the pressure starts when you sign the contract.

“This is what has happened with Solskjaer, I think.

Solskjaer has felt the pressure as Manchester United manager over the last month

“He was so relaxed before he got the job permanently, you could see him at his interviews that he was just chilled.

“But now the pressure is really on because he has to think about the future.”

United’s last game ended in a humiliating 4-0 defeat to Everton.

Some may consider it the worst possible preparation for Wednesday’s derby clash against noisy neighbours Manchester City – but Mido believes United will ‘bounce back’ to beat their blue rivals.

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He said: “The worst thing that happened for City was the big result for Everton at Goodison Park – I really think United will bounce back.

“That result at the weekend against Everton will affect the way United play, it will be a big fight and it will not be an easy game for Man City – I think United could beat them.”

Dimitar Berbatov went from ‘the worst player on the pitch’ to ‘playing like Johan Cruyff’, former Tottenham striker Mido reveals

27 Nov

Dimitar Berbatov went from ‘the worst player on the pitch’ to ‘playing like Johan Cruyff’ almost overnight during his early days at Tottenham, according to former team-mate Mido.

The maverick Bulgarian striker is fondly-remembered by Spurs fans for his sensational two seasons with the club, where his scored 46 goals in 102 appearances and lifted the League Cup.

Berbatov is a cult hero at Tottenham

His impeccable touch, sublime finishing and undeniable arrogance on the ball alerted Manchester United and he ended up joining the Premier League giants in a £30million deal, going on to win two Premier League titles.

But, as his old team-mate explains, Berba didn’t enjoy the smoothest of starts when he first arrived in north London.

Egyptian frontman Mido was a big hit when he initially joined Spurs on an 18-month loan deal from Roma in January 2005.

He scored 14 goals in one-and-a-half seasons before returning to Italy but, as the star revealed, it wasn’t long before he was back at White Hart Lane – because manager Martin Jol wasn’t convinced Berbatov was good enough.

He told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Tottenham bought Berbatov [that summer] but for the first three games, Berba was the worst player on the pitch.

“Like, unbelievable.

It wasn’t an easy start to Premier League life for Berbatov…

“So after three games Martin Jol called me and said, ‘Mido, I made a big mistake. Come to Tottenham, please. I will do whatever you want. This guy I bought, he’s not as expected. I need you back.’

“So I signed and two days later I played Man United away at Old Trafford and Martin put Berba on the bench. He needed time, but Martin told him he would never make it in England.

“But once I came back, he started to play like Cruyff! He was unbelievable, he became a totally different player.

…but he soon became one of Tottenham’s biggest players

“And to be honest, I struggled.

“I did my best, I was fighting every day trying to get into the team, but it wasn’t easy because he was just unbelievable. His first touch and the way he could finish was just from a different planet.”

Berbatov was known for much more than his supreme elegance and calmness with a football at his feet – he was also one of the most quirky characters in the Premier League at the time.

And Mido admitted he thought the Bulgarian was ‘a bit weird’.

Berbetov won two Premier League titles with Manchester United

“He used to come to the training ground with his own knife and fork.

“He used to get a knife and fork out of his pocket and eat. We all used to think: ‘What is that? What’s going on?!’

“He’s a photographer, too. He goes out into the wild to take photos – he’s a bit weird.”

 

‘Chelsea won’t win titles with Alvaro Morata up front’, says former Tottenham striker Mido

26 Nov

Chelsea cannot win top trophies with Alvaro Morata leading the line up front, according to former Tottenham striker Mido.

The ex-Egypt international, and big Serie A fan, says the Spaniard has been a big disappointment since joining the Blues from Juventus and pales in comparison to club legend Didier Drogba.

Morata has been one of Chelsea’s biggest under-performers since joining the club

Morata has struggled to fulfil his £60million price tag since arriving at Stamford Bridge last summer, scoring just 16 Premier League goals in 43 appearances.

He put in another poor display on Saturday as Chelsea suffered a 3-1 London derby defeat to Tottenham at Wembley, where the striker ruined a number of Chelsea attacks by repeatedly failing to stay onside.


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And after watching him against Spurs, and comparing his performances for Chelsea to his successful two-season spell at Juventus, Mido says the Blues need a change up-front if they desire more trophies.

“He’s disappointing,” the former Tottenham star told Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.

“I watch a lot of football in Italy and to be fair to him at Juve he played very well, but in Italy the game is a little slower and he’s quick, so with his runs in behind defenders, and he’s a good finisher…

“But I just felt the other night [against Tottenham] that the Chelsea players don’t trust him.

Morata has scored five goals in 12 Premier League appearances this season – is that enough from a £60m striker with the world-class Eden Hazard alongside him?

“Many times he’s made his runs, but it’s like they feel that if they give him the ball he’s going to give it away.

“They have doubts about him.

“If you want to win something, Morata shouldn’t be your first choice, that’s my opinion.

Alvaro Morata is nowhere near the level of Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, claims Mido

“He’s good as a Plan B. He’s good if you plan to play direct and get long balls into the box.

“But to be the first striker at a club like Chelsea, you need to be like Drogba and you need to have that trust from everyone around you. I don’t think he has that.”