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Zlatan Ibrahimovic almost joined Arsenal and Manchester City

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Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has credited Jose Mourinho for finally bringing him to England after rejecting two past offers to play in the Premier League.

Arsenal and Manchester City were the two English giants who tried to bring in the enigmatic Swede earlier on his career, but it took until this season for the 34-year-old to finally oblige.

So far, the former Paris Saint-Germain striker has been a resounding success in England. He scored the winner in the Charity Shield against Leicester, before scoring three goals in as many games in the Premier League.

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Ibrahimovic has led a decorated career thus far, securing league titles in three of Europe's five major leagues; Italy, Spain and France.

He is now embarking on a quest to secure glory in England to add to his impressive collection but it appears that the Swede could have come earlier if he had chosen to:

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"I was close to moving to the Premier League twice - once with Arsenal and then Manchester City," he said, as per Goal.

"But it never happened and I don't need to play in the Premier League. Mourinho is the mastermind, the masterbrain.

"He knows what he needs to do to win. I learned a lot from him at Inter. Who wouldn't want to have Mourinho as manager?"

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So there you have it, one of the most iconic footballing figures in modern history was persuaded by perhaps the most talked about manager in recent years, in reality, it seems only logical that this would happen.

The two giant egos seem to be working in tandem so far, as they did at Inter Milan, and the often controversial duo seem to be slowly propelling United back up the Premier League ladder to glory.

The Swede is all but certain to lead the line in the Manchester derby next Saturday after a well deserved break during the international fixtures after announcing his retirement in the format after Euro 2016.

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Wayne Rooney
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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