Zlatan Ibrahimovic says his relationship with Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is 'not good' amid transfer rumors linking him with a move to the Premier League club.
Paris Saint-Germain forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic says that his relationship with Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is "not good."
Ibrahimovic made the comments in an interview on SI Now with host Maggie Gray amid transfer rumors linking Ibrahimovic to Manchester United.
The Swedish forward worked with van Gaal when he was technical director at Ajax, where Ibrahimovic played from 2001-04.
Gray asked Ibrahimovic about his relationship with van Gaal, whom Ibrahimovic criticized in his book I Am Zlatan.
“No, that's not good,” Ibrahimovic said. “He was a director in Ajax, and the way he is working is not the way I work.”
Ibrahimovic said that he could foresee problems with van Gaal if he were to play under the Dutchman at Manchester United, but he declined to say that it would prevent him from playing at Old Trafford.
“At the end, I think he is professional and I am professional. Whoever I work with, I never had this kind of problems, because at the end I need to do my job, he needs to do his job,” Ibrahimovic said. “And I think a lot of fights would happen, but that's something I like.”
Ibrahimovic's full wide-ranging conversation with Gray will air on SI Now on Friday.
- Stanley Kay