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Zlatan opens door for Bayern Munich move

Sweden's star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said he can imagine moving to Germany's Bundesliga, and Bavarian giants Bayern Munich, in an interview with a German football magazine.

Zlatan opens door for Bayern Munich move

“Sure, the Bundesliga would appeal to me. One day, perhaps. I still have a bit of time left,” the 31-year-old Paris Saint Germain (PSG) striker told German magazine 11Freunde.

“Obviously, if I go to Germany, then I go to Bayern Munich.

“For me they are in the top five clubs in the world.”

Ex-Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has signed a three-year deal to take over as Bayern coach on July 1st and it seems unlikely Ibrahimovic will be heading to Munich anytime soon after the pair failed to see eye-to-eye during the Swedish striker’s single season at Barcelona.

Having played for the likes of Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan and now PSG, Ibrahimovic said he is always interested in new places.

“I’ve lived in five countries, in Sweden, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and now in France, I got to know the people and the culture. This has shaped me,”

Ibrahimovic joined PSG of France’s Ligue 1 from AC Milan in July 2012, signing a three-year contract for a reported fee of around €20 million ($24.5 million), with an annual salary of about €14 million.

Formerly of Malmö, Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona and Milan, Ibrahimovic has won league titles in three different countries and finished as the top scorer in Italy’s Serie A last season.

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Zlatan statue loses nose in latest Malmö vandalism

The statue of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Malmö has suffered its latest damage in a string of attacks by vandals.

Zlatan statue loses nose in latest Malmö vandalism
Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

During Saturday night or in the early hours of Sunday, the nose was sawed off the Zlatan statue and the effigy was also covered in silver paint, media including SVT report.

Since being unveiled in the presence of the world-famous footballer in October, the statue has been damaged on several occasions.

At the end of November, Zlatan announced his investment in rival team Hammarby, angering many fans of his hometown club Malmö FF.

READ ALSO: How Malmö fell out of love with Zlatan Ibrahimovic

December has already seen paint poured over the statue and a foot sawn off, with this weekend’s incident adding to the list of crunching tackles against the Zlatan statue.

Police said on Sunday they would investigate the latest instance of vandalism.

“We have not received any reports but have been informed that damage has been seen by the public. We will go out there and make observations this morning,” Katarina Rusin, a press spokesperson for the police in the southern Sweden region, told SVT.

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