Carlo Ancelotti jokingly teased he will give Zlatan Ibrahimovic a call over joining him at Napoli after the LA Galaxy star hinted at a potential Serie A return.
Ibrahimovic, who will be out of contract at LA Galaxy on January 1, recently talked up the prospect of returning to the Serie A. He also expressed an interest in playing under Ancelotti with Napoli.
The 38-year-old previously enjoyed a fruitful spell with Ancelotti in their time together at Paris Saint-Germain. It came in the 2012/13 campaign, where he scored 35 goals in 46 appearances on route to the Ligue 1 crown.
“I’ll call him tonight and say we’re waiting!” Ancelotti told Sky Sport Italia following Napoli’s 2-0 win over Hellas Verona on Saturday.
“I have a great deal of affection for him, I saw he scored 30 goals in 29 MLS games.
“Tomorrow, after I’ve called him, I’ll let you know how it went!”
Perhaps motivated by Ibrahimovic’s comments, Arkadiusz Milik showed Ancelotti that he’s not of short firepower after scoring both of Napoli’s goals.
The Polish striker’s brace enabled the Partenopei to remain within six points of Serie A leaders Juventus in fourth-place. He’ll now hope to continue his good form for the trip to Austrian champions RB Salzburg in Wednesday’s Champions League match.
Ibrahimovic, meanwhile, is preparing for what could be his final Galaxy outing in an MLS play-off against Minnesota United on Monday morning.
The big Swede has bagged an impressive 30 goals in just 29 appearances for Galaxy this season. Only Los Angeles FC striker Carlos Vela scored more with a new MLS record of 36 goals in 34 outings.
Nevertheless, interest in Ibrahimovic remains strong with returns to Manchester United and Inter Milan a possibility.
Although Argentinian giants Boca Junior also fancy their chances of signing the one and only. In fact, the club’s director Jorge Anro claimed last month that Ibrahimovic is interested.
For now, though, the striker has remained unusually quiet when it comes to his future.