Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has today shed further light on his difficult relationship with former boss Pep Guardiola, sniping at the Spaniard for his lack of maturity.
Not seeing eye to eye
Swedish hitman Ibrahimovic, now 36, has played for some of European football’s biggest clubs over the course of his career, enjoying hugely successful spells at the likes of Inter Milan, AC Milan, Juventus, PSG and Ajax.
However, one club for whom the prolific striker simply never found his place was La Liga giants Barcelona.
Ibra spent two years on the books of the Blaugrana, but the second of these seasons was spent on loan at AC Milan.
Despite racking up 16 goals and 7 assists in 29 La Liga outings (23 starts) for the club, the Swede’s difficult relationship with then-manager Pep Guardiola in Catalonia meant Ibrahimovic never truly settled at the club.
The Manchester United star previously opened up on the problems between he and his former boss in his book, I Am Zlatan, citing the Spanish tactician’s over-reliance on Lionel Messi as a cause for their fallout, and more recently referred to Guardiola as ‘a spineless coward.’
‘A man solves his problems’
And, speaking in an interview with Sky Italia earlier today, Ibrahimovic aimed his latest shot at Guardiola, claiming that the current Manchester City boss ‘was certainly the most immature’ manager he has ever worked under:
‘I told Guardiola that he’d sacrificed the other players for Messi. He told me he understood me.’
‘After that, he put me on the bench for the next game, the one after that and the one after that.
‘And I thought, ‘he’s solved the problem very well I see!’ After that, he didn’t talk to me or even look at me.’
‘I’d walk into a room and he’d walk out. I’d go to meet him and he’d go somewhere else. I understood that there was something beyond football.’
‘But the problem was his, it was he who hadn’t solved the problem with me. I remember on my first day, he told me that the Barcelona players didn’t turn up to training in Ferraris or Porsches.’
‘He’d already judged me then, but if you don’t know a person then you can’t judge them. I had my experience with him, I don’t know about others.’
‘But I read the same thing had happened to Mandzukic and Eto’o. He wasn’t the worst coach I’d worked under, but he was certainly the most immature because a man solves his problems.’