Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic speaking in Norway on thursday has said that he will be staying at what he believes to be “the best club in the world”.
In his press conference before the Barcelona game this evening with Valerenga, Ibrahimovic made it clear that he plans to stay on at the club.
“I’m a Barca player and I shall remain a Barca player.”
The Swede has high hopes for the season that’s just getting underway and already has his eyes set on the first title of the season, the Spanish Super Cup against Sevilla.
Ibra said that he has spoken with coach Pep Guardiola in detail and said:
“He [Guardiola] told me I’m important for him, and from now, what I have to do is keep working hard to maintain his confidence.”
Definitely, it is only normal for there to be competition at a team like Barcelona, but will the competition be too good for the tall striker now that World Cup winner David Villa has joined the squad as well. Only time will tell.
Severel rumors had emerged about his future in recent weeks and Ibrahimovic replied to them by saying:
“Those rumors have not affected me because I have no doubt that I want to stay here. I’d rather take the rumors as a compliment.”
Frankly Zlatan, being related to a move to Manchester City isn’t really a compliment in football circles.