Antonio Conte had huge impact on Manchester United star, reveals agent
Antonio Conte has been crucial to Paul Pogba’s career, claims Mino Raiola. (Getty Images)

Mino Raiola has praised the impact Antonio Conte has made on Paul Pogba’s career.

The 23-year-old was handed the major breakthrough in his career by Conte at Juventus, and the pair went on to win two Serie A titles together.

Pogba was controversially allowed to leave United after his contract expired, a move which Sir Alex Ferguson blames on a meeting with Raiola.

But the Italian agent believes leaving Old Trafford played a key role in the £89 million midfielder’s development.

‘I think Alex Ferguson had a different view on Paul Pogba to what the rest of the world had and that is his right,’ Raiola told talkSPORT.

Juventus' coach Antonio Conte (L) walks past Juventus' French midfielder Paul Pogba during a training session on the eve of their Champions League match against Shakhtar Donetsk on October 1, 2012 in Turin.  AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO ALFERO        (Photo credit should read Filippo Alfero,Filippo Alfero/AFP/GettyImages)
Pogba won two league titles with Conte at Juventus. (AFP/GettyImages)

‘Paul Pogba proved what his value is and maybe at that time it was the best thing to go to go away, have a new experience, and being under Antonio Conte for sure was important.

‘I didn’t have any dispute with Alex Ferguson. If Alex Ferguson had a dispute with me, I don’t know because at that moment there was not a dispute. I was a little bit stunned by what he said in his book but everyone has an opinion.

Juventus' French midfielder Paul Labile Pogba (L) celebrates with coach Antonio Conte after scoring during the Serie A football match Torino vs Juventus at the Olimpico stadium on September 29, 2013 in Turin. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN        (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
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‘A little bit like Zlatan Ibrahimovic who went to Juventus – an amazing club – Paul also went there. Zlatan found Fabio Capello and Paul went there he found Conte. Both trainers for my players were very important in their career.

‘[Leaving United] made him a better player, made him the player is now and that is why he could come back at that level – maybe if he had stayed he wouldn’t be at that level. You never know.

‘It takes us to or three hours to talk about dispute between me and Ferguson. He is a Sir, I want to be on his level also so I want to keep it nice. He has his opinion – you will not hear any bad words from me about Mr Alex Ferguson.’

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