Zlatan Ibrahimovic has admitted he told Kylian Mbappe that he should leave Paris Saint-Germain. Real Madrid have been heavily linked with the 22-year-old, and Ibrahimovic believes that the World Cup winner could thrive in a “more structured environment”.
The Swedish striker also warned PSG’s hierarchy that selling Mbappe would be foolish. He made 180 appearances for the French capital club.
“It’s true,” Ibrahmovic confessed to Corriere della Sera when asked if he had advised Mbappe to move on.
“Mbappe needs a more structured environment, like at Real Madrid.
“But I also told the PSG president not to sell him.”
Mbappe joined the club, initially on loan, in 2017, but saw Lionel Messi arrive in Paris this summer. Mbappe finished ninth in the voting as Messi secured a record-extending seventh Ballon d’Or award this week.
As Ibrahimovic lauds the gilded rivalry between Ronaldo and his former Barcelona teammate, Messi believes he was lucky to win men’s football’s most prestigious individual award on this occasion.
“Cristiano [Ronaldo] and Lionel are two of the all time greats, but I prefer Messi. We share a professional relationship and we have played together.
“Messi lives for football but [Robert] Lewandowski deserved the Ballon d’ Or this year.”