Ibrahimovic’s speculated transfer to manchester United has just gained more traction. According to the player’s agent, Ibra wants revenge on his former manager. The Swedish striker has never made a secret of his dislike for Pep Guardiola.
But according to Mino Raiola, Zlatan’s agenda is more than just disagreement. In an exclusive interview with Spanish outlet Marca he said, “ I think he wants revenge on Guardiola, although he does not live for it because you shouldn't have two graves - one for him and one for the enemy.”
The agent went on to call working under Guardiola a mistake, the moral of the anecdote Zlatan experienced with the now Manchester City manager. “You learn more from defeats than you do from victories, and Zlatan learned a lot from what happened with Guardiola.”
Raiola went on to say he didn’t have much affection for Guardiola. “As a person, I don't like him either, Zlatan admits he is a great coach and I can think it but refuse to admit it.”
Raiola has been Zlatan’s agent for some time now and has been responsible for helping the 34-year-old make one big money move after another. In 2006, during the Calciopoli scandal, it was Raiola who helped him leave Juventus and join Inter Milan where he first met with Jose Mourinho in 2007.
Ibrahimovic has many a time reiterated how much he enjoys with the Portuguese boss. It is very likely we will see Zlatan in red next season, which will make the Manchester Derby even more enticing.
Sweden need Zlatan now more than ever
Sweden’s Euro campaign has been a disappointing one. A draw against the Republic of Ireland and then losing to Italy in the dying embers of the game have left them with a lot to do against the highest ranked team of the tournament Belgium.
They can still claim 3rd place but there is an obviously big advantage of automatic qualification. Finishing 3rd will also pit them against tougher opponents in the round of 16. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has had a quiet tournament, to say the least.
He was very anonymous in the Ireland game and had a tough time of it against the well drilled Italians. Now he comes up against arguably the toughest of the lot in Belgium who showed the whole of France what they are capable of when they brushed aside Ireland in their last game.
So if Sweden are to pull off the improbable they will need the king of doing the impossible to rise to the occasion.
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