Ibrahimovic rules out World Cup comeback

first_img0Shares0000Ibrahimovic rules out World Cup comeback: federationSTOCKHOLM, Switzerland, Apr 26 – Star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who quit the Swedish national squad in 2016, will not make a comeback for the World Cup in Russia, the Swedish football federation said Thursday.“I spoke with Zlatan on Tuesday. He said that he has not changed his mind regarding the national squad,” the managing director of the national squad, Lars Richt, said in a statement after the player dropped numerous hints of a possible return. “It’s a no,” Richt added.In an appearance on ABC television’s late night Jimmy Kimmel show on April 18, the new star of LA Galaxy teased fans that he may come out of retirement to play in Russia.Known for his swagger, the athlete said “it wouldn’t be a World Cup” if he didn’t play, adding: “I’m going to the World Cup, yes.”The 36-year-old who last played at a World Cup with Sweden in 2006, retired from the Swedish team after the 2016 European Championship.He said last month he wanted to concentrate on settling into his career in Major League Soccer before thinking about the World Cup.Ibrahimovic, a father of two, became the latest in a long line of ageing stars to swap the heights of European football for the MLS. He also took a massive pay cut when he left Manchester United for LA Galaxy.Ibrahimovic has 31 winners’ medals collected in spells with Ajax, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola confirmed as new assistant boss

first_img 2 2 REVEALED Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Gianfranco Zola is back at Chelsea as assistant manager to Maurizio Sarri.The Blues legend returns to Stamford Bridge 15 years after making the last of his 312 appearances for the club. Latest Premier League News How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? ALTERED NEW ERA gameday silverware How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? possible xi predicted Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? center_img Zola has managerial experience in England How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? possible standings “I would like to meet these players face to face, talk to them and understand what the best thing to do would be for everyone.“Before that I would also like a player to come on the pitch for four or five days together with me, to have a clear idea of what the situation is.“Hazard is a very high-level player. He’s one of the top two or three European players.” Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Gianfranco Zola celebrates a Chelsea goal in 2000 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures smart causal who plays? The news came on the same day that former Napoli boss Sarri had his unveiling at Stamford Bridge, having replaced Antonio Conte on Saturday.Sarri’s first task will be convincing Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois to commit to Chelsea and forget about joining Real Madrid.Belgium internationals Hazard and Courtois, who are recovering after helping their country finish third at the World Cup, have been heavily linked with Real.Goalkeeper Courtois has just a year remaining on his Chelsea contract, while forward Hazard has an additional 12 months.Chelsea’s failure to qualify for the Champions League will not aid Sarri’s cause but he is hopeful his coaching methods can convince the pair to stay.“The players you are referring to are very high level players and I would like to keep them in my squad,” the Italian said at his unveiling on Wednesday.“A telephone call without looking them in the eyes would not give me any certainty. How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Getty Images – Getty Zola, who scored 80 goals for Chelsea between 1996 and 2003, won the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and Super Cup, two FA Cups and the League Cup.The 52-year-old has had management experience in England with West Ham, Watford and Birmingham.He told Chelsea’s official website on Wednesday evening: “For me it is an amazing thing.“I am very willing to work hard because it is going to be a difficult challenge but I am pleased to be here, and to work hard with Maurizio to be successful.“It would be great to be successful with Maurizio and for the club and I will give my best, as I did in the past as a player, so I will give my best in my new position.“I am very much looking forward to the challenge in general. I would love us to start well and we are all very excited to start this new adventure.”last_img read more