31/08/2010 05:31:02
Ibrahimovic: Guardiola had a problem with me
New Rossoneri star remains critical of former coach.
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Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has maintained his professionalism throughout the process of confirming a loan deal from Barcelona to AC Milan for the rest of the season.

However, now that he has officially returned to play at San Siro, where he previously represented Milan’s city rivals Inter, the 28-year old has revealed problems with coach Pep Guardiola that forced him out of the Catalan outfit’s plans.

“When I walk into a room, (Pep) Guardiola will walk out. I don’t know if he is scared of me,” Ibra revealed painfully to reporters.

“He is the philosopher who has broken my dream of being at Barcelona. The coach did not want me and I will not waste any more time. I want to retrieve my love of football with another team. I leave with more motivation and the strength to do better. In football, things can change within 24 hours,” he added with determination.

Last week, the reigning La Liga champions severed ties with agent Mino Raiola over his continued attempts to take Ibrahimovic away from the Nou Camp but the player himself has emphasized that it was acclaimed manager Guardiola who had a problem with his presence in the Barca squad.

“You need to talk to him, it is he who has the problem, and I do not know what it is. I am very happy, because I am going to Milan,” he concluded.

It is difficult to question Ibrahimovic’s claims because this is not the first time Barcelona have failed to make use of a striker they once wanted desperately.

A few years ago, their pursuit of Thierry Henry finally ended in success albeit the player was never able to rejuvenate his peak form due to being played out of position.

Similarly, after arriving last year in a deal that cost Barca €46 million plus Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o, Ibrahimovic struggled to live up to his billing despite a strong start to the season.

For all his success, perhaps Guardiola still needs to prove a point when it comes to working with world-class strikers.

David Villa can change that all but until then, he must live with the guilt of wasting an excellent opportunity (and a lot of cash) with the way he handled things with Ibra, who enjoyed his first night back in Milan with by watching his new teammates crush Lecce 4-0.

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