Saturday October 19 2019
Ibra: 'Could join Napoli, Inter, Bologna'

Zlatan Ibrahimovic explained why he could return to Serie A for Inter, Napoli or even Bologna. “It remains the most difficult league in the world.”

The LA Galaxy forward spoke to La Gazzetta dello Sport and you can read the rest of his interview here.

“I appreciated the recent documentary about Diego Maradona and nobody was like him. Seeing the love that the city had for him, it makes me feel like I’d enjoy an experience at Napoli: it’d be fantastic to replicate what Diego did there.

“I’m not saying I will go there, as the final decision depends on many aspects, that that is a fanbase that creates enthusiasm. With me in the team, the San Paolo would be packed every Sunday. Plus there’s Carlo Ancelotti, one of the greats.”

This is by no means the first time Zlatan has suggested he’d relish a Napoli experience, but President Aurelio De Laurentiis does not seem intent on investing in a 38-year-old striker with large salary demands.

There are other contenders, such as Antonio Conte’s Scudetto hopefuls Inter, which would also be a return for Ibra.

“I don’t know Conte personally, but everyone says he gives 500 per cent every single day. In that, we are the same, so I imagine we’d get along very well. We both believe that the spirit of sacrifice is the only path to success.

“Inter really have a great coup in getting Conte. Juve remain the favourites, but the Nerazzurri are certainly growing. Napoli need something more and everyone else is further behind.

“The big clubs are investing now and I do not change my belief that Serie A, especially for a striker, remains the reference point and the most difficult league in the world.”

There is another very intriguing option for Ibrahimovic if he were to come back to Italy, reuniting with old friend Sinisa Mihajlovic during his battle against leukaemia.

“Mihajlovic is a friend, so if I were to choose Bologna, it’d be just for him. We have spoken recently. He told me: ‘Zlatan, here the others would run for you. All you need to do is stay up there and put the ball in the net.’

“I thank him, but it’s probably unlikely to happen. If I change my mind, then I’ll call him straight away, especially because I could still get 20 goals in Serie A.”

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