Tuesday November 6 2018
Ibra: ‘Galliani forced me out of Milan’

Zlatan Ibrahimovic reiterates that Adriano Galliani forced him out of Milan, despite promising “we won’t sell you”.

The Swedish striker joined Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2012, but has made it clear he never wanted to leave the Rossoneri.

Later this month Ibra releases his new book ‘I Am Football’, and in a preview he recounts the story of his move to France.

“Galliani told me: ‘don’t worry Zlatan, we won’t sell you’,” Ibrahimovic recalls.

“A few weeks later I was at my house in Vaxholm, I’d just been out jet skiing when I saw I had five missed calls from Mino [Raiola, his agent].

“‘OK, Leonardo will call you’ Mino said. Leonardo? Leonardo who? Then suddenly I realised: he was talking about Leonardo, the PSG sporting director.

“I said to Mino: ‘I won’t answer his call, Galliani confirmed to me that he won’t sell me’. Then Mino simply told me: ‘I know, but they’ve sold you already’.

“When I spoke to Mino that summer I told him we’d make it difficult for PSG. I wanted to keep my Milan salary and I wanted them to say something like: ‘dude, you’re exaggerating, you’re asking for too much’.

“I wanted to use that for them to pull out. So I told Mino to write down everything I wanted. I listed all my wishes and when I was finished I told Helena [his wife] that they’d never accept that, it was impossible.

“Just 20 minutes later though, Mino called me and said: ‘you’ve got everything you asked for’. After that there was no turning back.

“I told him: ‘OK, get everything ready’. I’m a man of my word, when I say I’m going to do something I do it.”

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