Roy Keane admits he'd want to be in the trenches with Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane believes enigmatic Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is someone 'you'd want to be in the trenches with'.

Summing up the Paris Saint-Germain striker perfectly, the former Manchester United star has described him as 'a bit of a character' and admitted that he's 'really good'. 

Ibrahimovic, of course, will line up against the Republic of Ireland at this summer's European Championships in France. 


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With Belgium and Italy making up Ireland's group at Euro 2016, Keane and co. will be well aware that they will have to stop Ibrahimovic running riot when they take on Sweden in their opening group game on June 13.

Speaking about Ibrahimovic ahead of Ireland's friendly fixtures against Switzerland and Slovakia, Keane stated, as per “I'd like to think I'm better looking than him! He looks like a good player you would be happy to play with.

Keane hails Ibrahimovic 

“He's really, really good. I've seen him recently live, done a few Champions League games for television and there's a lot of speculation that he might be going to England.

“He looks a bit of a character. One you'd want to be in the trenches with. He scores goals as well, a big lad and a big character. Again, he's not shy. Pretty confident. One to watch from our point of view; he's a big player for Sweden and we'd have to keep an eye on him.”

PSG in the Champions League 

It's safe to say that Keane would have watched Ibrahimovic and his PSG side secure Champions League progression against Chelsea in the Round of 16 of the competition. 

The revered striker was on fire at Stamford Bridge as he scored and assisted to help his side secure a quarter-final place in the competition. 

Ibrahimovic will be hoping his inspired form continues ahead of the club's tie against Manchester City. Understandably, PSG will head into the game as favourites - Manuel Pellegrini's side have flattered to deceive recently - but they certainly won't be resting on their laurels in pursuit of success. 

PSG most definitely appear to be stronger than ever and this season may well represent their best chance at claiming Champions League silverware. The likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich may well have something to say about that, but the French outfit appear a force to be reckoned with. 

Perhaps, then, Ibrahimovic will enter Euro 2016 on the back of Champions League success.

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