Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s agent, Mino Raiola, has dismissed the possibility of his client moving to Napoli over the summer.
Questions continue to loom over whether the 35-year-old, who arrived at Old Trafford on a one year deal with an extension clause, will remain at Manchester United beyond the summer, with some reports suggesting that a move to China could be on the cards.
It was also reported earlier in the season that Zlatan had expressed a desire to finish his career at Napoli, with the lucrative lifestyle and passionate club atmosphere serving as two potential pull factors.
But Raiola, speaking on Radio CRC, was quick to rule out the chances of a move to Italy for the Swede this summer.
“Napoli are not part of our future plans for now,” he said. “In life everything can change, but I think this would be almost impossible. I never spoke to [Napoli president Aurelio] De Laurentiis about Ibrahimovic, nor about Mario Balotelli
“Zlatan likes the passion of the fans and the mentality of the city, but appreciating Naples and playing for Napoli are two different things.
“Maurizio Sarri makes his choices based on his interests, but I say what I really think. He gets someone to suggest the line-up to him.”
Speculation surrounding Zlatan’s future at Old Trafford will continue to serve as an unanswered, pressing issue for the remainder of the season. But Man United need to remember that the big Swede’s future is not, contrary to some reports, contingent on which club presents the tastiest offer, but instead solely on how he feels after a full season of English football.
Nobody except Zlatan can say what the outcome to this saga will be; the 35-year-old will have to ask himself whether he feels physically and mentally ready for another season at the highest level.