Inter Milan v Barcelona

Mourinho happy to have offloaded Ibrahimovic

September 16, 2009
By Soccernet staff

Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho has insisted that selling Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Barcelona was "good business".

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
GettyImagesZlatan has started his Nou Camp career well.

The highly-rated Swedish striker left Inter in a swap deal that saw Samuel Eto'o, who scored 30 goals in 34 Primera Liga games last season, plus €40 million head in the opposite direction but he returns to the San Siro on Wednesday night in the Champions League.

The build-up to the European tie has been dominated by the battle for supremacy between the two strikers and Mourinho insists he is very happy with his side of the deal.

"We lost a great player but got another and have built a top team, with a big future and different characteristics," Mourinho told Marca. "Selling Ibra was ideal business and all are happy, Ibra, [Barcelona manager] Guardiola, me and Eto'o."

"I wish good things for Ibra. I hope he scores many goals and wins many titles but I cannot wish anything positive for this game. It is the same for Barca fans and Eto'o," the Inter coach said.

Both managers have played down the importance of the strikers' duel but while Ibrahimovic was happy to join Barca, Eto'o feels he was pushed out of the door by Guardiola and has a point to prove.

"Since the moment I joined Barcelona and since my very first game for them, I did all I could to do the job asked of me," explained the Cameroonian. "I never refused to do anything, unlike some of the other players at Barca who said no and refused to play there.

"I didn't have any problems, but if Guardiola said that I had no feeling for the club, that's his opinion. I was always committed and I will show him that this week."

Ibrahimovic netted his second goal in his second Primera Liga game as Barcelona beat Getafe 2-0 and on Sunday and Eto'o responded with his third goal in four Serie A games to break the deadlock as Inter beat Parma by the same score.