Zlatan May Spend Only One Season At Manchester United
Zlatan Ibrahimovic could only end up staying at Manchester United for one season after it was claimed his girlfriend is unhappy. That’s according to reports from Italy and Sweden.
Ibrahimovic was linked earlier today with Serie A side Napoli. That was after comments made by club president Aurelio De Laurentiis in which he admitted he would love to see Ibrahimovic at his club.
“I am not a man who envies anything, but one that always tries to be happy with what he has,” said De Laurentiis. “But if you really had a choice I’d get that big giant who is now at Manchester United … Ibra.
“I had him as a dinner guest in Los Angeles and he is a sympathetic man. When he is on the field he always seems annoyed, but instead he has a wonderful family. And he is a man who is also extremely pleasant in conversation.”
But while De Laurentiis’s comments sound more like an aspiration than a statement that Ibrahimovic is a Napoli transfer target, reports suggest there may be more to it.
Ibrahimovic spent seven years of his career playing in Italy: first with Juventus from 2004 to 2006. That was followed by three years at Inter Milan and, after a brief spell at Barcelona, he was back in Italy with AC Milan from 2010 to 2012.
The 35-year-old suggested earlier this week that he has fulfilled the conditions that automatically entitle him to a second season at Old Trafford and that he needs to sit down with United officials.
But Swedish newspaper Expressen claims today that Ibrahimovic’s girlfriend Helena Seeger is resistant to a second season in Manchester. The family still own a house in the centre of Milan although a move to either Inter or back to Milan doesn’t appear to be on the cards at present.
Napoli Linked In The Past With Zlatan
Corriere dello Sport reporter Monica Colombo told Expressen that there are certain problems surrounding the possibility of a return to AC Milan.
“It is uncertain who will guide the club in the future,” she said. “I do not believe he will go to Inter as they have Mauro Icardi whom they want to bet on. If he comes back to Italy, then it will be to Napoli.”
Ibrahimovic’s agent Mino Raiola suggested as far back as last September that the Swede wanted to end his career at Napoli as the club suited his mentality.
“Ibrahimovic told me that he could end his career in Napoli,” Raiola told Naples radio station Crc.
“I do not mean that De Laurentiis had called for Ibra. I do not like to talk about what was said to me.”
However, he added that the financial implications of any deal had ruled out a move back to Serie A last summer.
“What I can say is that no Italian club could afford Zlatan even though surely Zlatan has a Neapolitan mentality.”
But with Ms Seeger’s unhappiness in Manchester becoming apparent, a career-ending spell in Naples could yet be on the cards.