Former Paris Saint-Germain forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic admits that he suggested Kylian Mbappe to leave the club. Ibrahimović during an interview with Marca has said that he told Kylian Mbappe to leave for Real Madrid.
Ibrahimovic is currently playing for AC Milan, However, he was an instrumental player for Paris Saint-Germain from 2012 to 2016.
What did Ibrahimovic say to Kylian Mbappe?
“It’s true I advised him to leave the club,” Ibrahimovic said.
“Mbappe needs a more structured environment, like that of Real Madrid. But then I told the PSG president not to sell him.”
In recent times, Kylian Mbappe has appeared on the transfer talks and it’s now a constant tug of war between the rumours on whether he will stay at PSG or make a move to Real Madrid. With Mbappe running out of contract in 2022 is now a pretty clear sight on where he will end up next; unless PSG pulls off some tricks.
On a comparison between Mbappe and Ibrahimovic, The French Forward has scored 141 goals in 190 appearances for PSG since joining from Monaco. He also has 24 goals in 53 appearances for the French national team. During his time at PSG, Ibrahimovic scored 156 goals in 180 appearances. He also has 62 goals in 120 appearances for the Swedish national team.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic on himself
Progressing through the interview, Ibrahimovic also talked about his own career. In which he revealed how he nearly didn’t go back to Milan after watching a documentary on Diego Maradona.
The AC Milan star says: “Maradona is a mythical figure, I saw a documentary about him and decided to go to Napoli to be like Diego and win the Scudetto.
“I was sick of America and I thought about retiring but Mino (Raiola) told me, ‘you’re crazy, you have to go back to Italy’.
“It was done with Napoli; but then De Laurentiis chased Ancelotti out.
“So I asked Mino: which is the worst team that I can change? He replied, ‘yesterday Milan lost 5-0 in Bergamo’.
“‘So it’s decided,’ I said ‘Let’s go to Milan. It’s a club I know, a city I like.’
“In the beginning, nobody ran in training. I faced them down one by one, and not on the sidelines, in front of the others: in training, you have to kill yourself with work.
“If I run, if I kill myself, my team-mate will run and kill himself for me.”
Ibrahimovic recalled a story about former owner and Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi.
Ibrahimovic said: “One Sunday I’m in the stands at San Siro, he makes me sit next to him.
“Then he says to me: ‘Ibra, do you mind climbing up a row? A very important person is coming.
“I climb, and (general manager Adriano) Galliani does too. I’m thinking a politician is coming.
“Instead a beautiful woman arrives, in impressive heels. Berlusconi winks at me: ‘Very important person…’.
“And for him maybe she really was.”
Former Rangers man Rino Gattuso was also part of a fiery dressing room, and Ibrahimovic gave an insight into their dynamic.
He said: “We fired each other up.
“One day he called me an ‘ugly Slav’. So I threw him upside down in a bin.”