Friday, May 25, 2018

Juve not interested in Ibrahimovic; Begovic ignoring transfer rumours

Juventus general director Giuseppe Marotta has revealed the Italian giants are not keen on bringing Zlatan Ibrahimovic back to Turin.

Juventus general director Giuseppe Marotta has revealed the Italian giants are not keen on bringing Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic back to Turin, Sky Sports understands.

Ibrahimovic, 31, left Juventus after the club were relegated for their involvment in the Calciopoli scandal.

Since leaving Juve in 2006, Ibra has suited up for the likes of Internazionale (2006-2009), FC Barcelona (2009-2011), AC Milan (2010-2011; 2011-2012) and Paris Saint-Germain (2012-present).

Last month, Ibra’s agent Mino Raiola refused to rule out a potential return to Juve for his client, fueling speculation the Sweden international may be interested in returning to the Old Lady in the near future.

However, Marotta has insisted that Juventus have not spoken with Raiola regarding Ibrahimovic, while adding the Sweden international is out of their price range.

“He is a player we are not interested in,” the Marotta told Mediaset. “I have absolutely not talked about Ibra with Mino Raiola.

“When a player gains figures like his, no Italian club is able to afford it.”

Ibrahimovic has been on scintillating form for Paris Saint-Germain this season, bagging 26 goals and 10 assists in 33 competitive appearances.

The 31-year-old Sweden international, who was sidelined due to a two-match European ban, did not take part in Les Parisiens’ 1-1 draw against Valencia CF on Wednesday.

The result ensured PSG’s progression to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

Begovic ignoring transfer rumours

Bosnia international goalkeeper Asmir Begovic remains focused on Stoke City amid ongoing speculation regarding his future at the Britannia Stadium, Sky Sports reports.

According to reports, Arsenal and Manchester United are tracking the in-demand shot-stopper following the Potters’ January deadline day agreement to sign 19-year-old England international Jack Butland from Championship side Birmingham City.

Begovic, 25, was heavily linked with a January exit from the Staffordshire-based club, but a summer exit seems more than likely following the arrival of Butland.

Although the 25-year-old is flattered by the ongoing speculation linking him with the biggest clubs in Europe, he remains fully focused on life at Stoke.

“I must confess it is nice to hear these things. It is always nice to hear what others are saying, it means that you are doing a good job,” Begovic told SportSport.

“But I have no time to think about this. My only concern is Stoke City as I want to be as good as I can be for my club, and for my national team.

“So quite simply, I really don’t have any time to think about a move or anything else.”

Begovic has kept nine clean-sheets in 28 league games for Stoke City this season.


Shawn Etemadi



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