Zlatan Ibrahimovic revealed that he had the opportunity to join Manchester City in 2010, but chose to take the “safe” option in signing up for AC Milan.
The Swedish striker endured a miserable time during his sole year at Barcelona during the 2009/10 campaign, where Ibrahimovic fell out with manager Pep Guardiola after allegedly labelling him a “spineless coward”.
The 37-year-old then secured a return to Italy in Milan, where he stated his intentions to deliver the Champions League crown to the Rossoneri along with a Serie A title.
Ibrahimovic went on to score 56 goals and provide 24 assists in 85 appearances for Milan over the next two years, while winning the league title and Suppercoppa Italiana before he was unexpectedly sold to Paris Saint-Germain in a €20m deal.
After scoring an unbelievable 156 goals in just 180 games for PSG, Ibrahimovic left for Manchester United in the summer of 2016 on a free transfer and excelled in his 21-month spell in England before joining LA Galaxy in March 2018.
But now the Swedish superstar has revealed that he had the opportunity to arrive in the Premier League much sooner in his career, when City came calling to partner him up with Carlos Tevez.
“I had the chance to go to Manchester City when I was at Barcelona but after that moment in Barcelona, I needed to find happiness,” Ibrahimovic told Daily Mirror.
“Going back to Italy, I was happy in Italy and I knew I would be happy if I go back. I didn’t know if I would be happy if I go to City because it’s a different challenge.
“It would have been a new club, which Milan also was. But I knew the city because I had three years at Inter, I knew the country, so I took a little bit of a safe card.”
Ibrahimovic scored 29 goals in 53 appearances for United.