La Liga - Ibrahimovic: Guardiola won't talk to me

Eurosport - Thu, 26 Aug 09:25:00 2010

Relations between Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and coach Pep Guardiola appear to have irretrievably broken down as the pair revealed that they do not talk.

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After sealing a big-money move from Internazionale last summer, Ibrahimovic fell out of favour in the second half of the season and has been tipped to return to Italy.

Barca signed David Villa this summer and, while the two started together for the friendly match with Milan on Wednesday night, 'Ibra' was subbed at half-time and told media that Guardiola would not even talk to him.

"I don't know what the problem is," Ibrahimovic told Italian television after the game. "The directors have told me they don't want to sell me but I don't know what the coach thinks because he doesn't speak to me.

"We've only spoken twice in the last six months.

"I'm happy here and I'm not a problem."

Guardiola hit back, hinting that he had good reason to ignore the former Juventus and Ajax forward.

"If I have only spoken to him twice in the last six months, it is for a reason," Guardiola said.

"There's always a reason for things. I'm super-communicative and talked to him for 45 minutes, it was not a tense conversation.

"I have an open door, if we do not speak, of course there's a reason but now is not the time to talk about it. I insist. For the sake of the institution it is better not say anything."

Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani said the clubs had opened talks about a possible transfer.


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