Sweden manager Erik Hamren claims that the team is focused on their task in the Euro 2016 despite speculations surrounding the future of star man Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The 34-year-old will be a free agent after he confirmed he will leave Paris Saint-Germain when his contract expires at the end of the month but has yet to reveal his next destination.
Now, Manchester United are heavily linked to the for Barcelona star and it is believed that he has already agreed personal terms with the club but Hamren insists it has not been a topic of discussion in the Sweden camp ahead of tomorrow’s game against Italy.
“No, it’s nothing that bothers us,” said Hamren. “We are used to it. Players play for club teams and international teams. There are a lot of rumours going round and, obviously, with a big player like Ibrahimovic there are going to be a lot of rumours.
“It doesn’t affect us at all. I haven’t felt anything destructive, we are used to it, that’s football.”
Hamren then revealed that he is expecting a tough test against Italy in Toulouse.
“Italy are a team that have impressed me,” he added. “They perhaps don’t have the big stars they used to but they have a strong team nonetheless. They are really organised, very good defensively and offensively. They were very good against Belgium.
“It’s a big challenge but we are looking forward to it.
“We have to be effective. We probably won’t have that many chances so we have to take the ones that we get. We have to be patient and expect Italy to have the majority of possession, be calm and use our heads.
“A switch in play, or set-pieces, they will be our best chances of scoring on Friday.”
Sweden drew their opening match of Group E 1-1 against Republic of Ireland.