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Aug 25, 2010

Ibra agent Raiola criticises Guardiola

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent has attacked Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola but insists he expects his client to stay at Camp Nou.

Agent: Ibra open to just three clubs

Ibrahimovic has struggled to convince following his move from Inter last summer and it's claimed in Spain that Guardiola feels he has not adapted to the Barcelona philosophy on or off the field.

Marca also says Ibra has had a bust-up with Guardiola, and Raiola has now added fuel to the fire by claiming the coach's man-management style leaves much to be desired.

"He's not as perfect as people think," he told Aftonbladet. "He is having trouble with himself. I say what I think about the people who treat my players in the wrong way.

"Don't buy a Rolls Royce car and then suddenly realise you cannot afford it. When they deliver the car, you need to be prepared to pay."

Raiola said, though, that he still expects the player to stay at Camp Nou.

"He has a contract for four more seasons, so it looks like he'll stay," he said. "If someone convinces us that it would be better for him to leave, he will leave, but the arguments are going to have to be very persuasive and, so far, we haven't heard anything convincing."

Barca's head of external relations, Manuel Estiarte, is unimpressed with Raiola. "His agent should be more careful with what he is saying because he talks too much and, in my eyes, he is damaging Ibrahimovic's image," he told Tuttomercatoweb. "He says one thing one day and something else entirely the next. We're definitely unhappy with the attitude of Ibra's agent."

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