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Sep 10, 2010

Milan better than Barcelona, claims Ibrahimovic

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic claims his new club are better than Spanish champions Barcelona - the team he left just last month.

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Ibrahimovic swapped the Nou Camp for the San Siro in a €24 million deal after falling out with manager Pep Guardiola and slipping down the pecking order.

Milan president Silvio Berlusconi swooped to rescue the Swedish international from life on the Barcelona bench and Ibrahimovic claims he just couldn't resist a call from the Rossoneri.

"No player can say no to Milan. There's nothing much to think about, you just say yes and thank the club," Ibrahimovic said. "I think Milan are greater than Barcelona if you look at the history. I don't know what the problem was at Barcelona, but Berlusconi convinced me to come here.

"I spoke to him twice and he said many important things. It convinced me. I was already ready, before the clubs agreed. Galliani then came to Barcelona and he said to me 'I won't go back to Milan without you'."

The former Inter player will be sure to be given a hot reception in the Derby della Madonnina but Ibrahimovic is particularly looking forward to that game and writing a new chapter in his career.

"I can't wait to play against Inter. I had a great time at Barcelona and Inter, but Inter are the opposition and I cannot wait for the derby. This year's Serie A is between two clubs... Milan and Inter, but we will finish first and they will finish second.

"Now I am a Milan player. I don't care what Inter have been saying. Milan is my future. We are complete now and have a great mentality. We are favourites to win the Scudetto now. I won at Inter, but now I am here to win. I hope I can do better here compared to what I did at Juventus and Inter. We will make sure the fans enjoy the season."

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