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Ibrahimović turned down move to Arsenal, Mourinho the key to Premier League deal

By Amir Mir

Zlatan Ibrahimović has revealed he rejected transfers to Arsenal and Manchester City earlier on in his career.

Ibrahimović signed for Manchester United on a free transfer in July after his contract with Ligue 1 champions Paris St-Germain expired.

But, in an interview with ESPN, the Swedish striker has revealed that he had options to move to England before but felt he didn’t want to play in the Premier League at the time.

Ibrahimović says that Man United manager Jose Mourinho was key to his change of mind.

“I was close two times to moving to the Premier League,” said Ibrahimović as quoted by ESPN. “Once with Arsenal and then Manchester City. But it never happened and I don’t need to play in the Premier League.

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“He [Mourinho] is the mastermind, the master brain. He knows what he needs to do to win. I learned a lot from him at Inter. Who wouldn’t want to have Mourniho as manager?”

Ibrahimović has had an electric start to his Old Trafford career, scoring three goals in three Premier League games as Man United sit in third place, one of three teams with maximum points.

The outspoken striker also scored the winning goal in the Community Shield as United beat Premier League champions Leicester City 2-1 at Wembley.

Arsenal signed striker Lucas Perez for £17.1 million during the summer transfer window, after Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy turned down a contract at the Emirates.

The England international has said that he spent hours in his hotel room during Euro 2016 pondering his decision, but he opted to remain with the Foxes.

In other Arsenal transfer news, this striker tried to convince a Tottenham midfielder to join the Gunners this summer.