Monday November 21 2011
Ibra puts Milan above Barca

“Milan are the biggest club I have ever played with,” Zlatan Ibrahimovic has claimed ahead of a meeting with former side Barcelona.

The two teams meet in the Champions League on Wednesday – 16 months after the Swede left the Nou Camp outfit for the Rossoneri.

“I felt at home from my first day here in Milan – they welcomed me with open arms,” the 30-year-old told

“I think Milan are the biggest club I have ever played with. This city is my second home after Malmo, where I was born and spent many years.

"Some people said that it was impossible to make this move to Milan after playing for Inter, but I'd already moved from Juventus to Inter and I think that was even harder.

“The past and the future don't bother me. I just try to give my best and achieve results for myself and the club I represent.

“For me, it's important that you're happy when you play. If you're happy, it makes it easier for you. The way you feel off the pitch is the way you feel inside.

“I struggled at Barcelona in the end, so the best thing was to move. I was a man – I stood up, we found a solution and I moved.”

Ibra missed the 2-2 game earlier this season through injury, but should feature at the Meazza later this week.

“It will be a very exciting, a fantastic game and we will be playing against the best team in the world, without doubt.

“Even when I left Barcelona, I knew I'd left the best team in the world. But, for me and all the other parties involved, I think the best solution was to leave the club.

“Given the results for both sides, it was the best solution.

“For me playing against a former team is nothing personal. Of course it's emotional, a big game, but in the end it's like any other game. There's no need to over-hype it.”

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