Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has urged Zlatan Ibrahimovic to make a move to the Premier League before he hangs up his boots, according to reports in the Metro.
The London-based publication relays that the Special One, who worked with Ibrahimovic whilst in charge of Inter Milan, thinks that it would be a pity if the big Swede never graced the English game, and even went far as to suggest his career wouldn’t be entirely complete until he did. In the past few days Ibrahimovic has confirmed the notion that he would not be making a switch to the Premier League from Paris Saint-Germain, despite having been a household name in virtually of Europe’s other major leagues.
But Mourinho, whose Chelsea side lost 3-1 to PSG in the first-leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie last night, has pleaded with the 32-year-old not to rule out the possibility of venturing across the channel before he calls time on his career.
“I think it’s a pity for him when he finishes his career and he played in the most important countries in the world of football, and won the most important championships in the world of football, but he didn’t play in the best league in the world and never won the best league in the world,” Mourinho said, prior to last night’s fixture.
Indeed the idea of a character like Zlatan working under Mourinho in the Premier League is a tantalising one. However the Portuguese coach does not think that he’d have a problem working with the forward were he to arrive at Stamford Bridge.
“When people say he has a difficult personality, for me the difficult personalities are the players who don’t want to win, to work, to be the best,” the Chelsea boss continued.
“He wants to win, to work, to be the best. He has a big ego, big self-esteem, so for me to be his coach was no problem.”