Striker reveals all in new biography, I am Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Headlines have clung on to quotable portions of the English-language version of Paris Saint Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic's autobiography with a white knuckle death grip, such is the quality of the ghostwritten copy.
The New Statesmen's Simon Kuper referred to the player's upbringing as 'ghetto', before telling an immigrant's tale across Europe which landed him employment at some of football's most prestigious clubs such as Ajax, Juventus, Internazionale, Barcelona and AC Milan; all a far cry from his bicycle-thieving past.
Ibrahimovic's summary of Pep Guardiola as a 'coward', and how he would 'die for Jose Mourinho' have already been published by Here Is The City, but there have been further extracts revealed that indicate a transfer to Manchester City may have been a possibility two years ago.
'When I was forced to leave Barcelona by Pep Guardiola in 2011, sure I knew all about the incredible things that had happened at Manchester City and all the money that seemed to be there since the crew from the UAE had taken over,' he writes.
'City could surely become big within a few years. But I’d soon turn 29. I didn’t have time for long-term plans and money was never a big thing. I wanted to go to a club that could be good now and there was no club with a history like AC Milan.'
Other reviews of Ibrahimovic's book have likened it to 'dynamite' as the player picks a fight on every page. The original version sold over 700,000 copies in Sweden and has been published in 15 countries.
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