Zlatan Ibrahimovic claims that former AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani broke his promise to not sell him and did it behind his back
The Swede enjoyed a successful two-year spell at Milan before he was sold to Paris Saint-Germain in 2012 for €20m.
But in a preview of his new autobiography “I Am Football”, Ibrahimovic revealed he never intended to leave Milan.
The now-LA Galaxy forward only learnt he had been sold to PSG when his agent, Mino Raiola, called him afterwards.
“Galliani told me: ‘don’t worry Zlatan, we won’t sell you’,” said Ibrahimovic, according to Football-Italia.
“A few weeks later I was at my house in Vaxholm, I’d just been out jet skiing when I saw I had five missed calls from Mino [Raiola, his agent].
“‘OK, Leonardo will call you’ Mino said. Leonardo? Leonardo who? Then suddenly I realised: he was talking about Leonardo, the PSG sporting director.
“I said to Mino: ‘I won’t answer his call, Galliani confirmed to me that he won’t sell me’. Then Mino simply told me: ‘I know, but they’ve sold you already’.
“When I spoke to Mino that summer I told him we’d make it difficult for PSG. I wanted to keep my Milan salary and I wanted them to say something like: ‘dude, you’re exaggerating, you’re asking for too much’.
“I wanted to use that for them to pull out. So I told Mino to write down everything I wanted. I listed all my wishes and when I was finished I told Helena [his wife] that they’d never accept that, it was impossible.
“Just 20 minutes later though, Mino called me and said: ‘you’ve got everything you asked for’. After that, there was no turning back.
“I told him: ‘OK, get everything ready’. I’m a man of my word, when I say I’m going to do something I do it.”
Ibrahimovic managed 56 goals and 24 assists in 85 appearances across all competitions for Milan.
In his two-year stay, Ibrahimovic won the Serie A and Italian Super Cup titles.