Celtic striker John Guidetti has revealed he supported Europa League opponents Inter Milan as a child, the Daily Mail has reported.
Guidetti, 22, grew up following Inter due to compatriot Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who scored 66 goals in 117 total appearances at the San Siro between 2006 and 2009, and even came close to joining the Italian giants himself as a teenager.
Nevertheless, the Manchester City loanee stresses that he will be doing his utmost come Thursday evening to ensure his current side come out on top in the first-leg of their last-32 tie at Celtic Park.
“They’re one of my favourite teams,” he is quoted as telling Gazzetta dello Sport ahead of the match. “They fight from start to finish, but to come to us and win is not easy.
“When I was little I supported Inter, I had the shirt too. I’m Swedish, and Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] was in Milan, I was at San Siro for him.
“Once I nearly even joined Inter, I was about 13, I was taken to Milan and trained there. I also played a bounce game against a former club legend, Beppe Baresi I think.”
Guidetti got off to a hot start to life at Celtic after arriving on a season-long loan from the Premier League champions in September, netting 11 goals in his first 12 games to earn a recall to the Sweden national team.
The two-times capped front man has since been on a horrendous barren run, however, failing to find the back of the net since late-November, and now finds himself behind Leigh Griffiths in the pecking order.
With his City contract expiring in the summer, a full-time move has been discussed with boss Ronny Deila, but negotiations have now been postponed until later in the campaign in order for the promising forward to better assess his options.
Guidetti still insists he doesn’t know where his long-term future lies but, with Lazio mooted as potential destination, per TMW, he admits a move to Serie A would interest him.
“At the end of the season I’ll be a free agent, with no contract,” he added. “I’m a Celtic player now, it’s impossible to say where I’ll end up.
“Italy? I was close to Samp[doria], I trained with them at 15, in the Primavera once and in the first team once.
“It was the team with Montella and Cassano, I liked everything, then [Sven-Goran] Eriksson brought me to City.”