Zlatan Ibrahimovic dismisses Juventus return speculation

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The Paris Saint-Germain star says he has never met Stefan Hansson, who claimed the Swedish international wanted to return to Turin.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has pledged his future to Paris Saint-Germain, insisting he never said he wanted to leave the French club to rejoin Juventus.

Swedish coach Stefan Hansson, who claimed to be friends with the striker having worked with him at Malmo, was quoted in Tuttosport as saying that Ibrahimovic hoped to return to play for the Bianconeri "if not this year then next year".

Ibrahimovic, however, says that it is a complete fabrication and dismissed the speculation.

"A person named Stefan Hansson has been making comments about me," he said via the app Zlatan Unplugged.

"I would like to clarify that I do not know this person. I have never met him, he has never been my coach and we have never talked on Skype.

"Normally, I would not even comment on matter like this, but his comments have reached unreasonable proportions, so I felt compelled to react."

Hansson, meanwhile, has distanced himself from the rumours, claiming that he was misquoted by Tuttosport. 

"He [the journalist] asked me if I had spoken to Zlatan, and I told him it was a few years ago," Hansson told expressen.se.

"The next question was about if he would return to Juventus, and I replied: 'I haven't the slightest idea. You can ask him yourself.'

"The Italian from Tuttosport I talked to has distorted the whole story -- that we've been talking on Skype, and that I have the answers to things surrounding his future.

"Zlatan and I talked eight, nine years ago. I've met him three or four times. I know the family a bit, and have coached him, but not more than that."

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