Manchester United’s summer signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic has told premier league defenders that when he steps on the pitch he becomes a lion, meaning they should all brace themselves up for a tussle whenever he’s up against them.
Ibrahimovic joined the Old Trafford outfit earlier this summer after four successful years at Ligue 1 side Paris Saint Germaine where he won virtually everything with the Parisians in France.
The 34-year old who played under the Portuguese gaffer during their time at Serie A outfit Inter Milan is set to make his English league debut against Bournemouth and has been talking tough ahead of the game, insisting he’s a confident guy and not arrogant as some people perceive him to be.
“I’m a normal person,” he told Geoff Shreeves in an exclusive interview for Sky Sports.
“People have the image of me that I’m a bad boy; I’m this and I’m that. People are curious: ‘How is this Zlatan?’
“I’m a family guy. I’m taking care of my family, but when I come on the pitch I’m a lion. That’s the big difference.
“I don’t believe I’m arrogant in the way that people think. I’m confident. I believe in myself. That’s not being arrogant. That’s something I believe is an individual strength in the human being.
“I have confidence and I believe in myself. I have a vision and I do everything. I work hard for it. I don’t believe that’s arrogant.”
Ibrahimovic has been accused of arrogance in the past after he said: “A World Cup without me is nothing to watch” and “I don’t think you can score as spectacular a goal as those of Zlatan in a video game”.