Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed that he previously had offers from two major Premier League clubs, but it was Jose Mourinho who eventually convinced him to make a move to England.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one the most successful footballers at present, having won league titles in Sweden, Holland, Italy, Spain and France. The Swede has now arrived in England, joining Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, so as to add an English League title to his decorated trophy cabinet.
However, this wasn’t the first time he was given a chance to come play in England. He has been the subject of long-term interest from two Premier League clubs, but he never really showed any interested in coming to England as he did not feel the need to, until now.
The 34-year-old revealed: “I was close two times to moving to the Premier League – once with Arsenal and then Manchester City. But it never happened and I don’t need to play in the Premier League.”
What finally persuaded the striker, was his former boss Jose Mourinho.
“He (Jose) is the mastermind, the master-brain,” Zlatan added. “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?”
And Ibrahimovic already looks at home at his new club, and has managed to score 4 goals in 4 competitive matches for Manchester United so far – one of them helping the Red Devils win their first silverware of the season: The FA Community Shield.
He will now be ready and raring to go for the upcoming Manchester Derby, where he faces his former and not-so-favourite boss, Pep Guardiola.