Zlatan Ibrahimovic: I miss all my Italian freebies
Where is the love? Zlatan Ibrahimovic doesn’t feel he gets enough attention away from Italy
The big Swede, who allegedly earns £11million-a-year at Paris Saint Germain, reluctantly made the switch to France last summer from AC Milan, and despite enjoying a prolific debut season in Ligue 1, Ibrahimovic admits he still misses the perks of being ‘a face’ in Italy.
‘I miss Italy. It’s my second home,’ he said. ‘The clubs I’ve played for, Juventus, Inter and Milan are the biggest in the world, I won with them and I know what it means to be a footballer in Italy.
‘There is a big difference, Italy is the most fanatical about football. Italians are used to big football stars and when they arrive they treat them in a certain way.
‘If you play for a big club and go out to eat the owner of the restaurant tells you: “My restaurant is yours”. It’s not like that in Spain.
‘There are different culutres and the Italian one is the one I like a lot.’
Ibrahimovic guided PSG to their first league title in 19 years, and claimed the Ligue 1 Player of the Year award, but the 31-year-old admits he’s still not sure he’ll remain at the Parc des Princes after being linked with a move back to former club Juventus.
‘Will I stay at PSG? We’ll see. A lot of things can happen,’ he is quoted as saying by La Gazzetta dello Sport.
‘All the times [in the past] that I have said that I would be staying, at the end I changed clubs. This time I am not going to say anything.
‘I still have two more years left on my contract but anything can happen. I have changed teams several times and then I planned to stay at a single club for a long time but it did not happen.’