Finding the perfect accommodation in Manchester has been a struggle for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The new Manchester United striker checked into the five-star Lowry Hotel on Monday with his family as they search for a permanent home.
But, hours later, they left the hotel, with Ibrahimovic’s wife Helena Seger looking “sour faced” according to reports. The reason why the family left wasn’t disclosed, but that Ibrahimovic’s family looked “pretty miserable” hints at some discontent with the Lowry.
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Ibrahimovic, Seger and their two children moved to the Radisson Blu, another five-star hotel in Manchester city centre.
However, such is the status of United’s new striker that staff have had to call police to the Radisson.
According to the Manchester Evenings News, fans and the media quickly caught wind of Ibrahimovic’s new accommodation and rushed to get a glimpse of the striker on Thursday.
One fan is alleged to have attempted to get into a lift with the former Paris Saint-Germain ace.
Greater Manchester Police confirmed they were called to the hotel shortly after 10pm after staff “became panicked”, with GMP City Centre tweeting: “Report @ 2200HRS, 4x 'Paparazzi' harassing hotel staff & a VIP guest. Patrols gave passing attention to ensure no offences were committed.”
The sooner Ibrahimovic finds a permanent home, the better.
Home country debut
Before his evening was disrupted by eager fans and members of the media, Ibrahimovic had completed his first training session with his new club after being given an extended break by Jose Mourinho.
The 34-year-old, who joined earlier this month after his contract with PSG expired, is included in the squad that will travel to Gothenburg to take on Galatasaray.
It will be a welcome relief for Ibrahimovic to return to his home country to make his United debut after the events of the past week.
Supporters are optimistic
The fanfare surrounding his move has been quite surreal, as the hotel story proves, and it’s no surprise supporters are thoroughly excited ahead of the new season.
Ibrahimovic fired PSG to a domestic treble with 52 goals. He’s unlikely to be as successful in England but supporters will accept a 20-goal haul in the Premier League.
The Swedish star joins the Red Devils at the right time. The past three years have been rather miserable but with a new manager and three impressive signings on board - four if Paul Pogba arrives - there’s serious cause for optimism.
And few will be surprised if Ibrahimovic gets his hands on a Premier League winners medal next May, to go along with his title successes in the Netherlands, Spain, Italy and France.