Zlatan Ibrahimovic‘s agent, Mino Raiola, has revealed the Swede wanted to end his career at Napoli before he eventually decided on a move to Manchester United.
Ibrahimovic joined Man United back in July as a renowned superstar from Paris Saint Germain, where he’d netted 113 goals in 122 games.
And at the age of 34, it seems likely that Old Trafford will be the place where the Swede ends his astonishing career.
However, it was divulged by Raiola that Zlatan’s initial plan was to retire in Italy, playing for Napoli.
“Was Ibra approached by Napoli this summer? The presidents who talk to me, they know what is said remains between us,” he said.
“We chose United recently, it was our goal, Ibra was also the club’s aim, and we’re now where we needed to be.
“All I can say is at Ciro Ferrara’s farewell game at the San Paolo, Zlatan called me and told me: ‘Mino, I want to end my career in Naples’.
“That’s because the mentality of the Neapolitans is the one closest to his, and if the league remained as it was back then, he might have done just that.”
For a player of Zlatan’s immense pedigree, it seems fitting that his career will end at a club with such an overwhelming stature. Most players, especially at the age of 34, will elect to finish their careers in less competitive surroundings, possibly moving to the MLS or the middle east.
But Zlatan isn’t like most players: even with 397 goals under his name with eight different clubs, complimented, of course, by 31 trophies, the 34-year-old remains determined to stamp his authority on the game, to wreak even more havoc at the highest level.
It is a commendable attitude, and his strong start to life at Old Trafford bodes well for a fitting swan-song as he enters the final chapter of his career.