Patrick Vieira and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic says Patrick Vieira was his favourite team-mate

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic's praise is a rare thing of beauty. The Swede usually reserves his kind words for a very particular group of people and that crowd consists of, well, himself.

However, in an interview with CNN, the PSG forward had some kind words for former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira. 

The Gunners legend played alongside Ibrahimovic at Inter Milan and Juventus, and the Ligue 1 striker claimed the New York City FC boss was his favourite teammate.


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He went on to say Vieira was 'one of the best' he had ever played with.

"For me, (Patrick) Vieira, is one of the best players I ever played with. The guy was a monster when I played and he (taught) me a lot outside and inside the pitch," Ibrahimovic said.

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High praise when you consider Zlatan has shared a dressing room with the likes of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Fabio Cannavaro and Alessandro del Piero.

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Had the past played out differently, Zlatan could have lined up alongside Vieira at Highbury.

Ibrahimovic visited Arsenal's training ground and was even handed a shirt with his name and the number nine of the back.

However, any potential deal fell through as the Swede, reportedly, did not deem it necessary to do a trial.


There have been reports the PSG forward could join Arsenal when his contract expires in the French capital.

Having never played in the Premier League, it would be fantastic to see the forward ply his trade on these shores before he hangs up his boots.

But Ibrahimovic is sure to have a number of offers on the table in the summer.

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