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Conte: Inter Milan do not need Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Antonio Conte admires Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but won’t be signing him at Inter Milan.




Conte: Inter Milan do not need Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Inter Milan

Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte has hailed former Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic as ‘quality’ and a history maker. But says he won’t be needing the veteran’s services at Inter.

According to the manager, Inter Milan do not need the services of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to challenge for the Champions League or battle Juventus to top place in the Serie A.

The Serie A giants have made a great start to the season, with Conte’s records at Inter so far only dented by Juventus in the League.

Conte will however now have to deal with injuries to Stefano Sensi and Alexis Sanchez. But insists he has faith in his squad and has no intention of signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, having been linked with the player.

Conte: Inter Milan do not need Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Inter Milan

“I do not talk about players that are not mine. It would not be respectful,” Conte told a news conference when asked if Inter could move for Ibrahimovic.

“I have respect for Ibra of course, he is a quality player. He has made history in this game.

“I respect him and rate him but it is not right to talk of others, also because I have lots of faith in my players and I have so much respect for my squad. We will get better and keep improving. From these setbacks against Juve and Barca, we must come back stronger.

“We need to keep being consistent, we need consistency in displays and training, we must improve every day, this is what I want. If we do this we will take the next step.

“In every match, there are areas to work on. We always analyze the good and the bad. We have highlighted areas to work on. I cannot expect miracles.”

Conte admitted to being upset over losing Alexis Sanchez to injury but hopes the striker comes back stronger, after three months – when he is expected to return from an ankle injury sustained while on international duty.

“I am upset to lose him. We are all disappointed,” Conte said.

“He is a player we thought was back to his best. He was doing well and I was pleased. Now he is injured, it is a real shame also for him.

“He arrived full of enthusiasm and was doing well. He was showing he is the Sanchez of old.

“However, he is now injured and that is part of the game, I had lots of injuries as a player, but each time you come back stronger.”

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