Los Angeles Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hinted at a possible return to Serie A in the near future, revealing his views on former coach Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola.
Ibrahimovic, 38, whose contract with the US team expires on January 1, said he was unlikely to extend his contract or continue in the MLS and hinted he could return to Serie A.
Ibrahimovic said in an interview published in the Italian newspaper "La Gazzetta dello Sport" today that he has not yet thought about his future, but described Italy as his second home and revealed that he would return to the Italian league only to win the league title.
"I am 38 years old and I have the enthusiasm to win like a young player. Italy is my second home. I will listen to everything, but I want to fight to the fullest. If I go back to Italy, my goal will be to win the league. I am still able to make a difference. I am not watching," Ibrahimovic said. "Just like people go to the zoo to see animals. I am still able to score 20 goals a season."
Ibrahimovic has previously played for three Italian clubs - Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan. He has also played outside Italy for several clubs including Manchester United, Barcelona, Ajax and Paris Saint-Germain.
It has been reported in the past few days that Ibrahimovic may be among the alternatives used by Inter Milan to compensate for the lack of numerical ranks, after injuring more than one player in the past few weeks, and reports that the Swedish veteran is a target for other clubs, including Fiorentina .
|Ibrahimovic succeeded with AC Milan (Reuters)|
"I like Diego Maradona's time at Napoli and I think there is no player like him," Ibrahimovic said. "Watching Maradona's love for fans in Naples encourages me to want to experience Napoli."
"It will be exciting to repeat what Maradona did. I am not saying that I will move to Naples because the final decision will depend on several factors. But it is an exciting trend. With my presence in San Paolo, we will see full stands every day, especially with a great coach like Carlo Ancelotti".
The Swedish star talked about the friendship with Bologna coach Sinisa Mihajlovic, noting that if he moved to the ranks of Bologna it will be for him.
As for the two poles of the city of Milan, Ibrahimovic believes that Inter is developing and growing, while Milan is suffering from a crisis.
Mourinho and Guardiola
Apart from Italian football, the Swedish star revealed his opinion on two of the most prominent coaches who supervised him in his long and busy football career, namely Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola.
|Ibrahimovic says Mourinho is still singular "Special One" (Reuters)|
While the veteran expressed his appreciation and full respect for Mourinho, his opinion at Guardiola appeared in contrast, where he felt that he left a negative imprint in his career.
Mourinho has previously coached Ibrahimovic at Inter Milan and Manchester United, while Guardiola has coached him in Barcelona.
Ibrahimovic expressed his confidence in Mourinho by saying that "he is still Special One and that he is able to regain the titles and I am confident that when he returns to training soon he will regain the titles quickly."
In contrast, Ibrahimovic's feeling for Guardiola seemed quite different. "We've never clashed before," he said. "But there were other things that bothered me. When we met, he was hiding. He waited until he ordered to get out of the changing rooms. But personally ... ".