Mino Raiola’s assistant denies that the football agent is dead

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Mino Raiola has been ill for several months (Photo: Getty)

Those close to Mino Raiola have contradicted reports in Italy that he is dead, but say the high-profile football agent is fighting for his life in hospital.

Various news media in Italy claimed that Raiola had died on Thursday afternoon, and Real Madrid’s official Twitter account expressed their condolences to his friends and family.

Raiola, 54, has been ill for several months and is thought to be battling a lung disease.

But his colleague and friend Jose Fortes Rodriguez says he is not dead, he says NOS: ‘He’s in a bad position, but he’s not dead.’

Raiola’s doctor allegedly added: ‘Mino is with [an] extremely critical condition. He’s fighting. ‘

A tweet from Raiola’s official account was later sent which said: ‘Current health status of those who wonder: p **** d off a second time in 4 months, they are killing me. Also seems to be able to revive. ‘

Raiola, who is believed to be receiving treatment at Milan’s San Raffaele Hospital, has represented people such as Paul Pogba, Erling Haaland and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Raiola has represented Zlatan Ibrahimovic among other star names

Raiola has represented Zlatan Ibrahimovic among other global stars (Photo: Getty)

Back in January, Raiola underwent checks in Italy after reports said he was being rushed to hospital for surgery.

German newspaper BILD said he was in intensive care due to a lung disease, although his spokesman downplayed the visit, saying: ‘Mino Raiola is undergoing the usual medical examinations that require anesthesia. Everything was planned and there were no emergency operations. ‘

Raiola was born in Nocera Inferiore, Italy in 1967 and emigrated with her family to Haarlem in the Netherlands the following year.

A promising football player who grew up, Raiola took over the reins as the leader of HFC Haarlem’s youth team of only 20 years in 1987, before beginning his career as a football agent.

The 54-year-old has struggled with a lung problem (Photo: Getty)

Raiola originally worked for Sports Promotions, a sports agency company, and helped arrange a series of high-profile transfers involving players who switched Dutch to Italian clubs, including Dennis Bergkamp, ​​Michel Kreek and Bryan Roy.

He would continue to represent more than 20 of the match’s best stars in European football and was last year said to be worth around £ 62 million after receiving a £ 41m cut when Pogba rejoined Manchester United in 2016.

Haland, Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marco Verratti, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Matthijs de Ligt and Mario Balotelli are other customers of Raiola.

One of Raiola’s biggest clients, Norwegian striker Haaland, is set to join Premier League champions Manchester City at the end of the season in a deal worth more than £ 500,000 a week.

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