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Leeds flop Tomas Brolin gives career advice to Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Former Leeds and Crystal Palace striker wants Zlatan to play at the Olympics.

Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been dealt advice from a player once the golden boy of his nation.

Tomas Brolin was Sweden's star of the 1994 World Cup, as they finished in third place, building individually on an already promising international career.

He would soon be derailed by injuries, a lack of form and fitness, with failed spells in the Premier League with Leeds United and Crystal Palace. Regarded as up there with the worst signings ever made by both sides, Brolin retired at the age of 29.

Speaking to Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, Brolin has given his backing to a campaign to convince Zlatan to play for his country at next year's Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro.

Ibrahimovic truly is one of the best players of his generation, but was denied the big stage on which to show it last year with Sweden failing to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

He has won everything there is to win in club football through his career, but lacks an international medal.

The 2016 Olympics provides a chance for him to put this right, if he elects to play as one of three eligible over-23 players.

Zlatan is said to be open to the possibility, quoted by The Guardian stating: "We’ll have to see how the situation is … but if I’m available, absolutely."

His 'situation', could revolve around whether Sweden qualify for Euro 2016 - a clear priority, and whether he can do both, while factoring in PSG pre-season and early season commitments.

Brolin played at both Euro 92, where he scored three goals, and then the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, and wants Zlatan to follow his lead.

He told Aftonbladet: "I had no problems with the reload. Admittedly, I was 22 years old and spirited, but the Olympics are so few people I really wanted to be with. It was just to go home and pack my bag.

"It is so tremendously awesome to converge with other nationalities and athletes in one place. It is very different from a football championship, and it inspired me, but it is of course for the individual."

Zlatan is confident at the best of times, but just imagine his swagger with an Olympics gold medal around his neck.

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