Mino Raiola, agent of Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has launched an astonishing attack on the Spanish club and in particular coach Pep Guardiola for the way in which the Swede has been utilised at the Camp Nou.
The 28-year-old moved to Catalunya last summer as part of a cash-plus-player deal that involved Samuel Eto’o moving in the opposite direction.
However, Ibrahimovic struggled to adapt to Barcelona’s formation and style, and with the arrival of David Villa, many expect that his time in Spain could be coming to an abrupt end.
However, Raiola defended his client, and in an interview with Spanish broadcaster COM Radio, launched a stinging tirade on Guardiola.
He commented: “If you don’t play a footballer after spending €65 million, then you should be sent to a mental hospital. English football may be an option for him [Ibrahimovic], it would be a good test.
“Everything depends on Barcelona. At the moment his future lies here.”
Ibrahimovic has been linked with moves to Manchester City and a return to former club Juventus in the past few weeks, with the former looking to secure a deal that would also involve midfielder Yaya Toure moving to Eastlands.
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