Raiola drops Pogba bombshell, Messi upset with Coutinho and more news

The French World Cup winner has been unable to nail down a permanent starting XI spot at the Old Trafford outfit this season and is linked with a move away from the club next summer.

Mino Raiola has invited the wrath of Manchester United faithful by claiming that his client Paul Pogba’s career at the club is over.

The timing of the Italian super-agent’s bombshell about his client couldn’t be worse for the Old Trafford outfit on the eve of their make-or-break Champions League clash with RB Leipzig, in which a defeat will send them packing to the Europa League.

Raiola’s short statement, which he gave to Italian news outlet Tuttosport, could have enormous ramifications for his client’s immediate future too. Pogba has fallen down the pecking order at United in recent weeks and his agent’s remarks won’t endear the Frenchman to his manager any further.

His statement might also force United to consider against triggering an extension in Pogba’s deal with the club. The 27-year-old’s current contract expires at the end of this campaign but the Red Devils have the option to extend it by another year.

Will Pogba leave Man Utd this summer: Mino Raiola offers latest update on his client’s future
Pogba, as things stand, will be a free agent next summer (Image Copyright: imago images / Sportimage)

Top News 2: Lionel Messi upset with Philippe Coutinho

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The duo has held a conversation in private (Image Copyright: imago images / Photo arena / RichardxCallis)

The duo was in the starting XI for the Camp Nou outfit in their abject 2-1 defeat to La Liga minnows Cadiz at the weekend.

Lionel Messi isn’t happy with his Barcelona teammate Philippe Coutinho’s comments to the press in which the Brazilian cited the changes going on at the club to ask fans to be patient.

Don Balon reports that Messi believes that now is not the time to give speeches as he aims to rescue his side from their worst start to a league campaign in over three decades.

The Argentina superstar also reportedly conveyed his frustrations to Coutinho in private that it’s time for the players to work hard on the pitch and not offer platitudes in front of the media, with the Brazilian accepting the viewpoint of his teammate.

Messi’s frustrations with Barcelona’s poor start to the season are shared by an overwhelming majority of the club’s faithful who are dismayed by seeing the Camp Nou outfit lingering just three points off the relegation places after ten games on the board.


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Top News 3: World Cup 2022 European qualifying draw

World Cup 2022 European qualifying draw
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Fifty five European nations will kick-start their attempts to qualify for the 2022 World Cup from March next year.

Germany have drawn Iceland, England will face Poland and Wales will go head-to-head with Belgium in European qualifiers for 2022 World Cup.

The draw, made late last night, was unable to throw up any Group of Death, but it compensated for that by offering a few mouthwatering games, including Belgium’s clash with Wales, Spain going head to head with Sweden and Ukraine facing World champions France.

Here are the draws in full:

Group A: Portugal, Serbia, Republic of Ireland, Luxembourg, Azerbaijan

Group B: Spain, Sweden, Greece, Georgia, Kosovo

Group C: Italy, Switzerland, Northern Ireland, Bulgaria, Lithuania

Group D: France, Ukraine, Finland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kazakhstan

Group E: Belgium, Wales, Czech Republic, Belarus, Estonia

Group F: Denmark, Austria, Scotland, Israel, Faroe Islands, Moldova

Group G: Netherlands, Turkey, Norway, Montenegro, Latvia, Gibraltar

Group H: Croatia, Slovakia, Russia, Slovenia, Cyprus, Malta

Group I: England, Poland, Hungary, Albania, Andorra, San Marino

Group J: Germany, Romania, Iceland, North Macedonia, Armenia, Liechtenstein

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