Although a player of great fame, Alessandro Del Piero, accompanied coach Fabio Capello to the UEFA Champions League press conference, all attention was on another player Tuesday: Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Swede is after his high-profile transfer back in Amsterdam. ,,And that is a good feeling", said Zlatan Ibrahimovic after Juventus' training.
The new forward of Juventus faces his former team in great shape. Ibrahimovic scored in the past five official matches eight times. In his last three games for Ajax he scored three goals; for Sweden he found the net four times and Sunday in his first match for Juventus he also made a goal. Whether he has convinced Fabio Capello right away and will start against Ajax on Wednesday, did not become clear. ,,I will announce the squad to my team tomorrow but I will not spare Ibrahimovic because he has to play his former team. Ibrahimovic could handle that well because he is a player with fantastic qualities. I have followed him for a long time", Capello announced.
Zlatan seems impervious to all the commotion about him playing against his former team. He greeted some friends when arriving for the training and took some time to talk afterwards. ,,I am happy at Juventus. It is a new step in my career, that I had to take. I have been received well in Turin and I feel good in the group.''
Although he has only recently left the ArenA, he had some mixed feelings. ,,Not about the transfer itself, we have to stop talking about that. No I mean that I miss the city and my colleagues. But that's normal, I think, if you have played here for so long.''
Wednesday at 20:45 hours he hopes for a warm welcome of the Amsterdam crowd, with whom he built a good relationship after a rocky start. If he scores, he won't celebrate. Ibrahimovic is proud to have played for Ajax. ,,Celebrating wouldn't be right to my former colleagues and the Ajax fans. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. I don't even know if I'll play. The coach will tell us tomorrow.."