'I can only thank him' – Guardiola counters Raiola attack

The Bayern coach was the victim of a scathing verbal attack by the agent but would not be drawn into a war of words

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Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola has countered agent Mino Raiola’s recent attack by thanking him for praising him as a coach.

Raiola launched a scathing attack at the former Barcelona boss earlier this month, calling him “a crap person” for the way he treated Zlatan Ibrahimovic during his time at Camp Nou, despite acknowledging his coaching qualities.

“Raiola? He said that I am a great coach, so I can only thank him,” the Bayern coach said when questioned about the agent’s comments at a press conference.

The 44-year-old fell out with Ibrahimovic during the Swede’s spell at Barcelona in 2009-10, with the attacker leaving the club for AC Milan just one year after his arrival from Inter.

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