Sulking Ibrahimovic puts Chelsea and City on alert after striker fails to turn up for training at PSG following row over parking
12:58 GMT, 14 December 2012
Paris Saint-Germain’s enigmatic striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was absent from training yesterday.
With PSG set to face table-topping Lyon on Sunday evening, supporters will undoubtedly have been concerned to see their maverick forward missing from the team’s collective training session at Camp des Loges yesterday morning.
And his absence from the group training session may also have been a point of concern for the Club’s President Nasser Al-Khelafi, who was in attendance observing the team’s preparations ahead of Sunday’s crucial game.
Happy Zlatan Ibrahimovic failed to turn up for yesterday's collective training session
A club spokesman told French paper L'Equipe that Ibrahimovic was following an adapted, personal regime and doing his own work in the gym.
Although there may not be any evident breakdown of the relationship between Ibrahimovic and PSG, relations have shown signs of deterioration in recent weeks.
According to reports in France, the pony-tailed star was left enraged last month by PSG staff after he was refused permission to park in the club’s car park which is reserved for technical staff.
Ibrahimovic, who is famous for his ‘unique’ personality, wanted to leave his car in the area reserved for staff as it is located nearer to the club’s training ground than the car park dedicated to the players.
As a response to the refusal by the on-duty car-park wardens, the Swede instead decided to park his car at the entrance to the technical staff car park, therefore blocking all other vehicles from entering and leaving the complex.
Prolific: Ibrahimovic (left) has scored 17 goals already at PSG
Although Ibrahimovic only joined big-spending PSG from AC Milan in the summer, certain English clubs may be intrigued by the latest developments in the on-going soap opera that is the career of the mercurial Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Ibrahimovic has played for some of Europe’s top clubs – including Ajax, both Milan clubs and Juventus – but there has always been the impression that the Swede has never really seemed settled, and has failed to stay at any one club for longer than three seasons.
The forward, who has won nine league titles in his career at various clubs, was even unable to settle at Barcelona, famously complaining – “I was a Ferrari being driven like a Fiat” – making reference to the way that the Catalan giants failed to build their team around him.
Struggling: Mario Balotelli was substituted in Manchester City's 3-2 defeat against Manchester United
Chelsea are believed to be doing everything possible to secure Atletico Madrid striker Falcao in the January transfer window, but Roman Abramovich may be interested in pursuing Ibrahimovic should his attempts to secure Falcao falter.
Elsewhere, with Manchester City’s forward line struggling for goals, and with doubts surrounding the future of Mario Balotelli, City boss manager Roberto Mancini – who Ibrahimovic played under at Inter Milan – may be tempted to enter the market to bring in an extra slice of star quality as his side attempt to defend their Premier League title.
Ibrahimovic has 17 goals to his name already this season, making him the leading goalscorer in Ligue 1.