Mino Raiola: Zlatan Ibrahimovic wants revenge on Pep Guardiola in Manchester

by Tanveer Arayan


Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s agent Mino Raiola believes the Swedish striker wants revenge on his former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola in Manchester.

The 34-year-old is widely expected to join Manchester United on a free transfer after he confirmed he would not be staying with Paris Saint-Germain once his contract with the French champions expires.

His relationship with Guardiola is poor after it broke down during the striker’s one-year spell under the head coach at Barcleona in 2009-10.

Speaking about Ibrahimovic, Raiola claims Zlatan has learned a lot from his time with Guardiola.

“I think he wants revenge on Guardiola,” he said.

“He does not live for it because you shouldn’t have two graves — one for him and one for the enemy.

“It seems destiny wants to see that meeting take place. One option is to go to the Premier League, but for as long as Sweden continue in the Euros there will be no solution.

“You learn more from defeats than you do from victories, and Zlatan learned a lot from what happened with Guardiola.”

However, Raiola stressed that Ibrahimovic “admits he is a great coach” but added: “As a person, I don’t like him either.”

Ibrahimovic accused Guardiola of misusing his talents during his time at Barcelona, the Swede described himself as a Ferrari but insisted Pep was a coward for driving him like a Fiat.

He would be an incredible signing for United on a free transfer as he scored 50 goals for PSG last season and has shown no signs of deterioration as he ends the latter stages of his career.

With Mourinho’s appointment at Old Trafford and Zlatan’s transfer football’s biggest names are set to rekindle their infamous rivalry in the Premier League.

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