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Zlatan Ibrahimovic offers blunt assessment of Leicester City's remarkable season

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What Leicester City achieved this season will probably never be accomplished again in your lifetime.

Among the favourites to be relegated in August, the Foxes defied odds of 5,000/1 to win the Premier League.

Their story has been told around the world and ranks as one of the most remarkable tales in football history.

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The Swede, heavily rumoured to sign for Manchester United this summer, has offered his opinion on Leicester’s success and he’s probably the only person on the planet who wasn’t left in awe by what Claudio Ranieri’s side accomplished.

But one man who didn’t seem to enjoy it too much is Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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In an interview with The Guardian, the 34-year-old discussed everything from fashion - he will announce his new fashion line at 5pm today - to his relationship with Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola.

But it was his assessment of Leicester that provided the best soundbite.

When asked whether he would be interested in joining the Foxes, his response was blunt.

“Pah, Leicester had their time. Will it happen again? It is not easy.”

Ruthless

There aren’t many who expect Leicester to repeat this season’s heroics. Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea have strengthened with the respective arrivals of Mourinho, Guardiola and Antonio Conte, and all three will spend big when the window opens.

Added to that is the rumoured departures of Leicester’s terrific trio, Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante.

But still, Ibrahimovic’s assessment that Leicester “had their time” is ruthless.

It would literally be like Toulouse, who finished 17th in Ligue 1 this season, winning the French league next year. And Toulouse finished 56 points behind winners Paris Saint-Germain.

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Relationship with Jose and Pep

It’s disappointing that Ibrahimovic can’t find more happiness in Leicester’s success, but perhaps it’s a sign that he is arriving at United, in which case Ranieri’s team would now be a rival.

Should Ibrahimovic arrive at Old Trafford, he will be reunited with Mourinho. The pair won the Serie A title together at Inter Milan and much has been made of the admiration the pair have for one another.

One Premier League manager Ibrahimovic isn’t as cosy with is Guardiola.

“I have a good relationship with all of them,” he said. “Except one.”

When the interviewer, Morwenna Ferrier, asked if that was Guardiola, he replied: “Exactly.”

Considering his dismissal of Leicester’s success and bitterness towards a manager who made him feel like an “alien” at Barcelona, we’re really desperate to see Ibrahimovic in the Premier League next season.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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