Zlatan Ibrahimovic

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has slammed Kylian Mbappe for trying to be bigger than PSG after details of his new bumper contract were revealed.

The 23-year-old signed a three-year contract extension in May after the French champions successfully convinced him to continue his adventure in Ligue 1.

The full details of that deal have recently been revealed with his contract believed to be costing the club around £540million over the course of the three-year duration with a third of the amount [£180m] being included in last season’s accounts.

That new deal makes up the bulk of the French giants staggering losses of £317million for their most recent set of accounts for the 2021-22 season.

Despite his mega new deal which is believed to also include having a say in sporting decisions at the club, Mbappe has quickly become disillusioned with life at the Parc des Princes with reports claiming he wants to leave the club in January.

Mbappe has openly slammed boss Christophe Galtier’s tactics and also appears to have fallen out with team-mate Neymar.

Former Sweden international Ibrahimovic has claimed the Frenchman is trying to be bigger than the club with his behaviour since signing his new deal.

Ibrahimovic told French outlet Canal Plus: ‘Mbappe has put himself in a situation where he is more important than the club. But you should never be bigger than a club because you are not.’

Mbappe is still performing on the pitch, despite all of the other antics, having scored 18 goals in 18 matches so far this campaign.

The 41-year-old, however, also claimed that there is ‘nothing to talk about’ in Ligue 1 since he left France’s top division – despite having the likes of Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Neymar.

Ibrahimovic played in France between 2012 and 2016 for current champions PSG, winning four consecutive league titles before he departed for Manchester United.

The former Inter Milan and Barcelona star made 185 appearances for the French giants during his time at the club, scoring 156 goals.

‘Since I left France, everything is going down, they have nothing to talk about anymore in France’, he added.

‘France needs me, I don’t need France. Even if you have Mbappe, Neymar, Messi, it doesn’t help you, because you don’t have God.’

Ibrahimovic himself is currently out injured after tearing his ACL last season and is expected to return to action in January.


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