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Zlatan Ibrahimovic transfer to England would be 'impossible'

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The arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in England in a couple of weeks will, as ever, be greeted by much fanfare, with reporters and fans alike hanging on every word and action of the mercurial Swede. Ibrahimovic will be in town to face Chelsea with Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League but, he says, he harbours no desire to pursue a permanent residence on these shores.

Ibrahimovic has played for some of the most iconic European clubs, with the 32-year-old able to count spells with Ajax, Inter, Barcelona, Juventus and Milan during an illustrious career, but a move to the Premier League is a challenge he has never taken.

There have been opportunities, however, with Ibrahimovic claiming he could have secured a transfer to England when he left the Nou Camp for a second spell at the San Siro almost four years ago. Chelsea have often been touted as a potential suitor for Ibrahimovic, and Jose Mourinho would surely welcome his former charge to Stamford Bridge.

However, Ibrahimovic is content to continue with Paris Saint-Germain - who he does not believe would allow him to leave the Parc des Princes - and the Sweden captain claims he will have no regrets at having never tested himself in the Premier League.

"I think, first of all, it's impossible to get me to England. If you ask the people behind this project, I don't think they'd let me go,” Ibrahimovic told reporters on Tuesday.

"And with my own thinking, when I went to Milan [in 2010] I was speaking to some English clubs but it didn't end up with me coming to England.

"The day I stop football, I won't look back and think maybe I should have played in England.”

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