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Monday 20 August 2018

'I turned down City for glory' says Ibra

No amount of money could have persuaded Zlatan Ibrahimovic to turn down AC Milan for Manchester City, the Sweden striker declared today.

City were reportedly ready to shell out up to £500,000 a week to sign the 29-year-old after he decided to end a dismal year at Barcelona last summer.

But Ibrahimovic moved to the San Siro, where he has blossomed under coach Massimiliano Allegri, scoring 13 league goals to help the Rossoneri climb to the top of the Serie A standings.

He admits he held talks with the Eastlands club before moving to Milan but insists a move to the seven-time European champions was his only option.

"I had a couple of talks with City and they had a fantastic project going on but I'm not one of those players who wants to go there and play for money," Ibrahimovic said.

"For me, it's important to see what kind of future there is, what kind of possibilities. For me, the project of City is not now."



Careful

Ibrahimovic will be out to prove that he is at his peak when against Tottenham tonight.

Milan coach Allegri said: "Aaron Lennon is a very quick and intelligent player, Peter Crouch is a good player too so we will need to be careful.

"They have four solid defenders also. They are a very fit and strong, physical side."

Allegri admits he would love to have Spurs ace Gareth Bale -- who misses tonight's game through injury -- in his squad.

"I don't think we can compare him to (Lionel) Messi or (Cristiano) Ronaldo yet but this year he did the right things," the 43-year-old said. "He is a player that any manager would like to have in his side."

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