Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s career looks destined to continue at Manchester United, with many reports claiming he is close to a reunion with Jose Mourinho.
According to Sky Sports, the 34-year-old will sign a one-year deal when he returns from the European Championship. And what a coup that will be.
Ibrahimovic scored 52 goals for Paris Saint-Germain last season and, though nobody expects that return next season, he proved that he can still hack it despite his ageing years.
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Yet the player himself is said to have concerns that the British media might impact his form.
According to Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet - per the Manchester Evening News - Ibrahimovic is worried that the media - which is famously intrusive - might compromise his performances.
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Ibrahimovic is fully aware how the British media acts. In 2010, he had a pop at the journalists who mocked him for his miserable record against English clubs.
“As always in England all the media were against me,” he said, per BBC Sport. “There was all that talk: he doesn’t score against English teams.”
Two years later, he criticised his doubters again.
“That's the way it is with the English. If you score against them you're a good player, if you don't score against them you're not a good player.
"I remember Lionel Messi before the 2009 Champions League final for Barcelona. Then he scored against Manchester United and suddenly he was the best player in the world. Maybe now they'll say something like that about me."
Memphis Depay's struggles
It’s true that the English media is quick to ridicule a player when he fails to perform. So it’ll be up to Ibrahimovic to ensure he makes headlines for all the right reasons.
And the way to do that? Scoring goals, of course.
He’s only to look at Memphis Depay to see how quickly the media can turn on a player.
When the Dutchman signed for United last summer, newspapers were quick to compile scouting reports. After one look at Memphis’ impressive final season at PSV Eindhoven, it was presumed he would be a star in England.
But the 22-year-old struggled in his debut season, scoring only two Premier League goals.
When it became apparent that Memphis wouldn’t be able to replicate his form for PSV, he was labelled a flop - a complete waste of £25 million.
That’s the harsh reality a high-profile footballer in England faces.
But Ibrahimovic’s confident attitude should see him thrive in the Premier League. If he’s just as entertaining on the field as he is off it, United could have the man they need to fire them to Premier League glory.
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