Zlatan Ibrahimovic reveals he was close to joining Arsenal and Manchester club
By Tony Hughes
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed that he is was close to moving to the Premier League on two occasions during his career.
The 34-year-old superstar, who famously rejected an Arsenal trial when he was a teenager, has been linked with the Premier League big hitters over the years.
In an interview with CNN to be broadcast on Wednesday night, Ibrahimovic gave some insight into whether a swich to England had ever realistically been on the cards.
“I was close two times [to joining the Premier League] – Arsenal one time. [Manchester] City one time. But it never happened,” the PSG forward told CNN.
When asked specifically about speculation linking him to Arsenal, he kept the door open to what would be a sensational move to England.
“I think there is a lot of talk from today until the European [Championships] – there will be a lot of talks.”
Asked whether he could instead choose to retire next summer he replied: “You never know. Maybe I stop on top. Maybe I will do something nobody else has done. You never know.
“I’m like the wine – the older I get, the better I get. If I decide this will be my last year, maybe it is.
“If I decide, it will be my last contract, I decide that. Nobody else. So I will decide when the moment is there.”
Ibrahimovic’s Paris Saint-Germain contract expires next summer but, having played in Sweden, Holland, Italy, Spain and France, it would be unlikely that he moves to England.
An AC Milan source has told Football Insider that he held talks with the Serie A giants last summer and a return to Italy is the most likely option for Sweden’s greatest-ever player at the end of the season.
The full Ibrahimovic interview will air on Wednesday at 10.30pm on World Sport on CNN International.