According to a ONA fm‘s la Graderia program last night, loaned-out Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has threatened not only to refuse to sign his full transfer agreement with AC Milan – which was agreed upon last summer with FC Barcelona – but also sent out a warning to FC Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola.
“I will only sign if you say one thing to Guardiola: In Catalunya, it’s not because I’m not capable but if I ever meet him in any other place in Europe, I will give him a ‘knock-out’,” remarked the black-belted taekwando player to a startled club representative.
Zlatan was shipped out to the Serie A club before the start of the season after failing to impress Guardiola and finding it difficult to fit into a fluid Barca playing style. The club’s sale of the player was perceived by some as an unusual deal whereby the Italian club takes him on loan for the 2010-11 season (meaning he plays for and is paid by Milan but he technically remains a Barcelona player) and then pays €24 million to acquire him outright the next season. It was looked at as one of the ways FC Barcelona can reduce its ballooning annual overhead expenses for he was reported to be receiving a €11 million per annum net salary; one of splurges made by the former board.