Monday 19 February 2018

Ibrahimovic: 'I will be God of Manchester'

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Raring to go Photo: Handout/UEFA via Getty Images
Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Raring to go Photo: Handout/UEFA via Getty Images

Jamie Holland

Zlatan Ibrahimovic isn't a man to be outdone and Manchester United's big-name summer signing has responded to Eric Cantona's claim that he can be the 'prince' of his new club with a golden quote of his own.

Cantona welcomed Zlatan to Old Trafford in one of his Euro 2016 video messages for Eurosport saying his summer switch was the best choice he will have ever made.

Ibrahimovic to Manchester United was confirmed at the start of the month - and he's set to start training this week

Having claimed there can be only one king in Manchester, himself, Cantona offered Ibrahimovic the role of prince - something Zlatan wasn't too keen to accept.

"I admire Cantona. And I heard what he said," Ibrahimovic said. "But I won't be King of Manchester. I will be God of Manchester."

And the Swede will get an early chance to stake his claim when returns to training ahead of the new season later this week.

His arrival has been greeted with elation among Manchester United's supporters, while Jose Mourinho believes he can link up well with Marcus Rashford this season and beyond.

But his biggest welcome came from United legend Cantona, who declared: "I have a personal message for Zlatan: You decided to go red. It is the best choice you ever made.

"When you walk into the Theatre of Dreams. When you can feel the ghosts of the legends that have been here before.

"When you score that first goal right in front of Stretford End. When you hear the crowd chanting your name. When your heart beats so strong that it bursts out of your chest. When you feel that you will love them as much as they will love you.

"You will know, my friend, that you finally made it home."

Cantona had one more message for United's new signing: "Just one last thing - there can only be one King in Manchester. You can be the Prince if you want. And the number 7 is yours if you are interested. That is my welcome gift to you…The King is gone! Long live the Prince!"

Irish Independent

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