Zlatan: Pep my most immature Coach

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has called former Barcelona Coach Pep Guardiola ‘the most immature’ boss he has ever worked under.

The Catalan giants spent €60m on the Swedish striker in a transfer from Inter in 2009 – which also included Samuel Eto’o – but the relationship with Guardiola swiftly broke down.

“The first six months were perfect, then the manager changed system, tactics and it didn't work for me,” Ibrahimovic told Sky Sport Italia.

“I went to talk to him. I'm here to talk, if you think it's for another reason then we can't talk.

“I said: 'I believe that you are sacrificing some players for one player, [Lionel] Messi.' He said: 'I don't think this is the case but I understand what you say. I will take care of it, no problem. I will solve everything.' I thought it would be OK.

“The following game I was on the bench. I don't say anything, I work. Second match, bench again. I thought he solved it well and he was not talking to me or explaining. Third match, bench. Then the fourth match comes and bench again.

“I think something is strange. From that moment he stopped talking to me, looking at me. I go into a room and he walks out of it. He was not a bad person, but the most immature [Coach] I've had because a man solves his problems.”

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