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Leao receives a clear message from Ibrahimovic, and Giroud is praised

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During the mid-season training retreat in Dubai, Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave another intriguing interview. He discussed Rafael Leao, Charles De Ketelaere, Romelu Lukaku, and other players. We have translated Ibrahimovic comments from his interview with La Gazzetta Dello Sport, which is another extremely entertaining one from the Swede who doesn’t hold back much.

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What did Ibrahimovic say about the players?

According to the publication, Ibrahimovic entered the room wearing a black and red tracksuit in front of dozens of cameras and cellphones, journalists from Italy, and representatives from all the major UAE media. The 41-year-old then said: “What stress, relax!” Ibra talks today. You may choose between Italian, English, or even Arabic.

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It started with the most obvious question, when does he expect to return to play? “

“I’m good, I become better every day, and I stick to the rules we set for ourselves. Ibra is missed by Milan, but the inverse is also true: Milan is missed by Ibrahimovic. It seems different from the outside”

I’m close to the team in terms of motivation, responsibility and pressure. I live the match with adrenaline, but I remain used to being on the pitch.”

Will he be prepared for the Super Cup on January 18 or will he wait until a later date, maybe being at his best for the Champions League match against Spurs in the middle of February?

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“There is no established calendar for the return: I am an expert in injury management, I would be wrong to set a precise date. If it were up to desire, I would have been a starter in the first part of the season. But I don’t think like this anymore: when ready, I’ll play.

“I can’t go on the pitch just because my name is Ibrahimovic and maybe spend a game walking, otherwise I’m better on the bench or in the stands.”

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