The Swede insisted he was invited to a trial period in London, which he found disrespectful and declined.
Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimović has looked back at the time when the Gunners boss Arsène Wenger offered him to join Arsenal on trial period, but the 36-year-old turned down the offer, insisting that he thought it was offensive he had to try out for any team out there.
Speaking to Sky Sports Italia, the Swede stated:
“I went to London for an appointment with Wenger, who asked me to audition for the Gunners. I told him ‘I will not do a trial: either you take me or not, I’m not here to waste time’,” Zlatan said. “I already had that kind of trust, because in my mind I was the strongest of all even when I was young. I met Wenger because I expected him to tell me to start with them right away. But Ibra does not test.”
The iconic striker also looked back to his youth years, saying he always believed in himself and knew he would be one the best one day.
“When I was young, in my mind no one was better than me,” he said. “I watched Ronaldo, Romario and Baggio on TV and I had one goal: I wanted to show that I was the best.”
However, the journey of Ibra was filled with obstacles and tough moments. The Red Devils forward revealed how much his family sacrificed just to provide him with the opportunities to show his football qualities.
“I grew up with my dad. He worked so hard to allow us to live,” he recalls. “Our refrigerator was never full, we did not have much to eat.
“For example, when we went to play youth tournaments in Germany with the spring team of Malmo I had to ask 3000 crowns (approx. 300 euro) from my dad.
“So what did he do? He left me this money and did not pay the rent for a month, and he sent me to play these tournaments, because he did everything he could and gave me all the opportunities that were there.”