Thursday July 19 2012
Secco expected Ibrahimovic exit

Former Juventus sporting director Alessio Secco is unsurprised by Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s decision to leave Milan for Paris Saint-Germain.

The Swede completed his switch to the French capital on Wednesday, the latest in a long line of high profile transfers following spells at Ajax, Juventus, Inter and Barcelona.

“History shows us that he leaves all the big clubs,” the current Modena official told Sport Italia. “He’s evidently not a player who places the emotional issue at the top of his list of priorities.”

Secco knows the forward well given their time together in Turin, a spell which ended with his sale following Calciopoli demotion.

“We obviously tried to keep him at Juventus,” Secco continued. “But then came the year in Serie B.

“Knowing the character of Ibra, knowing that the following year his contract would expire, even knowing what he had in mind for his renegotiation, we were conscious of not being able at that precise moment in history to go along with him.

“As a result, we decided to sell him to the only club that officially made an offer for his services – and that side was Inter.”