Zlatan Ibrahimovic has refused to rule out a shock move to Manchester United, but admits his relationship with Louis van Gaal is “not good”.
Speaking live on Sports Illustrated, the 33-year-old Sweden international admitted he didn’t see eye-to-eye with Van Gaal during their time working together at Ajax.
However, Ibrahimovic stopped short of saying his relationship with the Manchester United manager would prevent him from joining the Red Devils if the opportunity presented itself, even going as far as to say he would relish the inevitable fights with the veteran Dutch coach.
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Asked about his current relationship with Van Gaal, Zlatan responded: “No, that's not good.
“He was a director in Ajax, and the way he is working is not the way I work.”
The former AC Milan and Barcelona striker then added: “At the end, I think he is professional and I am professional. Whoever I work with, I never had this kind of problems, because at the end I need to do my job, he needs to do his job
“And I think a lot of fights would happen, but that's something I like.”
Odds on Zlatan joining United tumble
Reports linking Ibrahimovic with a move to Old Trafford stem from a press release from leading betting exchange Betfair earlier this week, which stated that the odds of the Sweden international joining United had suddenly come in to 5/1 from 20/1.
A day later, Ibrahimovic told reporters he was leaving his future in the hands of his agent, Mino Raiola.
That the relationship between Zlatan and Van Gaal is not the best, combined with the fact the striker turns 34 next season and is on an absolute fortune, it seems very unlikely that the powerful Swede will take the place of either Radamel Falcao or Robin van Persie this summer.
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