Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists he is definitely going to the World Cup – despite Sweden confirming he won’t be playing.
Last week on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Ibrahimovic told the US talk show host that he’ll be at this year’s tournament.
“A World Cup without me wouldn’t be a World Cup”; Zlatan said.
He later told reporters: “I am going to the World Cup, yes. I just said I am going to the World Cup. If I just say more, people will hang me. So I have to be careful what I say now.”
However, earlier this week, Sweden FA released a statement, confirming that the former Barca and Manchester United’s striker will not be part of their team to Russia.
In a statement, Swedish FA chief Lars Richt said: “I talked to Zlatan on Tuesday. He announced that he did not change the national team game – it is no.”
Meanwhile, according to Mirror sport, Ibrahimovic has hit back in an interview with ESPN, where he insisted he will be going to the World Cup.
He said: “I am not part of the national team and that has been since I stopped, so there’s no other issue there. But if I’m going to the World Cup? Yes, I’m going.
“That is what I’ve been saying all the time. I’m flying. Aeroplane and I’m flying.”
The 36-year-old added; “I think Sweden is the favourite to win the World Cup because they’re better without Zlatan.”
Ibrahimovic retired from the national team after Euro 2016. He scored 62 goals in 116 appearances for his country from 2001 to 2016.