Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 39, says that his return to the Swedish National Team is due to his recent performance, that he feels it as something “unreal” and that he and the coach have forgotten their past disputes.
“I’m back because I deserve it, because of what I’ve done in recent months, not because my name is Zlatan and I’m Ibrahimovic, but because of what I contribute on the field. That’s why they choose you”, Ibra said in an interview to the Youtube from the Swedish Football Federation, two days after his return to the national team after five years.
The Swedish star, who retired from the national team after Euro 2016, has maintained a strained relationship with coach Jan “Janne” Andersson, whom he criticized for not including players of foreign origin on his first list when taking office. .
Ibra surprised a few months ago by showing his interest in returning to the team, and Andersson traveled to Italy last fall to meet him and discuss a possible comeback.
“We talk about everything. In short: we draw a line on everything that happened and look forward. We treat each other with respect”, explained the former player of Barcelona, Juventus and Manchester United, among other teams.
Andersson is a “direct” person and with a “winning mentality”, the Swedish striker stressed.
“Janne asked me, ‘Do you want to come?’ I was very sincere: ‘Janne, the day you make the list, ask me a day before if I am here to play and I will answer you frankly’ And when that day came, I said I felt ready “, explained the all-time top scorer for the Swedish team, with 62 goals in 116 games.
Ibrahimovic stressed that he feels that he maintains “a very high level” and that he can help the team “in many ways”, both on and off the field of play, although he admits that representing his country at his age is “a bit unreal.”
“The mentality is the same, he wants to win at any cost. He has more experience today, he is smarter (if possible), he moves with more intelligence and he does what he has to do to help the team in the best way. “, he affirmed about himself.
Ibrahimovic has been called up for Sweden’s debut in the qualifying phase for Qatar 2022 against Georgia and Kosovo, which with Greece and Spain make up Group B of the European zone.
Sweden is also framed with Spain in the same group of the next European Championship, postponed last year due to the coronavirus and which is scheduled to be played this summer.