Reports over the weekend suggested that Manchester United are already trying to tie down striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to a longer-than-expected stay at Old Trafford.
Having signed a one-year deal while joining the club on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain during the summer, the Swede has already made a telling impact with the Red Devils by registering five goals in five games for the club.
However, a man that is close to the striker – super agent Mino Raiola – has now revealed that Ibrahimovic has previously spoken about finishing his career in Italy, specifically with Serie A side Napoli.
Raiola, of course, is also the man that engineered Paul Pogba’s record move to United from Juventus and seems to be a man that knows how to get deals done.
Speaking to Italian radio station Radio CRC, via gianlucadimarzio.com, the Italian-born Dutch football agent made some comments that are not likely to go down well with United supporters given the start their new attacker has made to his career with them.
“We chose United a long time ago, it was our goal, so we are where we needed to be.
“I can only say that at the farewell match of Ciro Ferrara at the San Paolo, Zlatan called me and said: ‘Mino, I want to end my career at Napoli,’ because the mentality of the neapolitans is very close to his own. If the league remained as it was back then, he might have done just that.”
Of course, Raiola’s motives in sharing his conversation have to be questioned – especially if Old Trafford officials are already seeking to offer a better and longer contract to the 34-year-old.
Ferrara’s official farewell game took place in 2005 so Zlatan’s intentions may well have changed in the years since. The comments, however, are interesting nonetheless and, no doubt, intentionally timed.
Let’s see how this pans out…
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