I don’t know Mbappe very well as a person. As a player he is fantastic, but when you lose discipline, you lose identity.
He made the right choice for PSG, not for himself, because he got himself into a situation where he is more important than the club. The truth is that PSG gave him the keys to it. No player is bigger than the club, but when the child is given opportunities to grow, he makes money easily.
His parents are his agents, lawyers, coaches… And that’s the problem, mom and dad think they’ve become stars, they say in the newspapers and magazines. But who do you think you are? Shut up. It’s up to your son, the player, to work and have discipline.
Fayza Lamari (mère de Kylian Mbappé), Wilfried Mbappé (père de Kylian Mbappé)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes no player should be bigger than Paris Saint-Germain amid rumours Kylian Mbappe is being paid £3.5million per week by the club’s Qatari owners
by Tom Blow
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has criticised Kylian Mbappe’s parents and advisors for allowing him to be “more important” than Paris Saint-Germain.
Mbappe, 23, is arguably PSG’s biggest player after scoring 189 goals in 235 games for the club. The France international was close to joining Real Madrid on a free transfer in the summer before the Ligue 1 champions persuaded him to sign a new three-year deal.
Yet Mbappe reportedly wants to leave PSG after the World Cup in Qatar, which takes place between November 20 and December 18. The 2018 world champion has rejected those rumours, but that hasn’t stopped PSG legend Ibrahimovic taking aim.
Ibrahimovic’s comments have come just days after astonishing detail of Mbappe’s contract was leaked to the press. It’s believed PSG are committed to paying the Frenchman a whopping £546million over the next three years, which works out at around £3.5m-a-week.
Ibrahimovic’s affection for PSG is obvious from his comments. The Swede, 41, was a fan favourite during his four-year spell at the Parc des Princes, scoring 156 goals in 180 games to win 12 trophies – including four Ligue 1 titles. He left for Manchester United in 2016.
The AC Milan striker also believes French football misses his presence, despite PSG boasting one of the most lethal attacks in Europe. The trio of Mbappe, Neymar and Lionel Messi have scored 44 goals between them this season – and it’s only November.
Erling Haaland has already racked up 22 goals in his first 15 appearances for Manchester City under Pep Guardiola – but Zlatan Ibrahimovic has sent the striker a warning
by Colin Millar
Erling Haaland has been warned by Zlatan Ibrahimovic not to allow Pep Guardiola’s “ego” to derail his career at Manchester City.
Haaland has been arguably the most in-form player in world football since he arrived at the Etihad, notching a remarkable 17 Premier League goals in 11 games. The Norwegian has already scored 22 goals in all competitions, having played just 15 games this term.
City paid £51million to sign Haaland from Borussia Dortmund in the summer transfer window and the 21-year-old quickly proved he could settle into Guardiola’s side, who had often played without a central striking option in recent years, and often with great success.
However, Ibrahimovic has warned the Norwegian that Guardiola could have a negative impact on his career, potentially drawing upon his own experience of the Catalan coach. The Swede worked alongside Guardiola for one unhappy season in 2009-10 at Camp Nou before joining AC Milan after the relationship broke down spectacularly.
Ibrahimovic was furious his time at Barcelona did not work out and has previously claimed he was sacrificed to allow Lionel Messi to occupy his role through the middle. The former Sweden captain subsequently had a falling-out with Guardiola as the two clashed in their professional relationship.
Asked for his view of Guardiola back in 2016, Ibrahimovic was dismissive of his former coach and said: “A lot of things have happened from that time until now, so how he works today I don’t know – and I couldn’t care less because he’s not my coach.”
by Mark Patterson
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has always been quotable, but before he and his Sweden team step out on Friday to take on Portugal in their 2014 World Cup qualifier, he has delivered another beauty.
The forward was talking to TV4 in Sweden when asked what the result of the qualifier would be, and at first Ibra’s response was suitably neutral.
That quickly changed.
TV4 reporter—”Who’ll win the qualifier?” Ibrahimović—”Only God knows” Reporter—”It’s kinda hard to ask him” Ibra—”You’re talking to him now”
— Nik Postinger (@nikpostinger) November 15, 2013
Of course, context is everything, and it would appear that Zlatan was being humorous rather than serious with the reporter.
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