Ibrahimovic is different off camera - Hrgota

EXCLUSIVE: The Sweden international insists his compatriot is a different man in private and feels he can learn a lot from him

By Christoph Kockeis

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is completely different in person to the man fans see on the field and on television, according to Sweden team-mate Branimir Hrgota.

The Paris Saint-Germain star has developed a reputation of being an arrogant, egotistical and somewhat difficult personality throughout his career.

However, Sweden international Hrgota insists he is a "good guy" and feels the public's perception of him is wrong.

"He is a world star," the 22-year-old told Goal. "it is fun to play with him because he has great strength. As an opponent, it's difficult against him.

"You should not judge him before you get to know him. In person, he is not the same way he is on the pitch or in front of the camera.

"In my eyes he is a good guy. He doesn't make you feel that he is above you. He is very special. I can learn from, but I am not jealous of him."

The Borussia Monchengladbach striker says he is happy to see Josip Drmic join the Bundesliga club from Bayer Leverkusen, insisting he is not afraid of the competition.

"If you look at our squad, you could see we needed an attacker," he said. "The most important thing is: I know what I can do and i will show that.

"I'm not afraid of Drmic and I'm not afraid of being second choice."