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.
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.
“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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
“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.
“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’.
“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.”
'In his first 3 games he was the worst player on the pitch… then I came back to #THFC & he became Cruyff!"
'He used to bring his own knife and fork to training'
'He's a bit weird'@Midoahm talking about Dimitar Berbatov is brilliant!
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 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.
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.
“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.
“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.
“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.”
'If you want to win trophies Morata should not be your first choice striker'
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