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Guardiola rejects Ibra claims

August 26, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola has denied having a "communication problem" with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and said he will give him a second chance if he fails to leave Barcelona before the end of the transfer window.

Pep Guardiola, Zlatan Ibrahimovic
GettyImagesZlatan Ibrahimovic says he does not speak to Pep Guardiola

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Ibrahimovic joined Barca from Inter in a part-exchange deal with Samuel Eto'o last summer, but he struggled to live up to expectations and, following the arrival of David Villa, he now appears surplus to requirements at Camp Nou.

While Manchester City could be outside candidates for his signature, AC Milan are now negotiating a deal for the player and the player indicated he would welcome the chance to join the Rossoneri given his apparent poor relationship with Guardiola.

"I haven't spoken to Guardiola for six months," he told Sky Italia. "I do not know the reason for this, but there are certainly problems. As for Milan, for now, I do not know anything about a possible move, so I will remain a Barcelona player, but I would like to play alongside a player such as Ronaldinho."

Guardiola, though, has rejected the suggestion he has "problems" with the player.

"We have no problem of communication," he said. "For the good of the club, it's best not to say anything. There's always a reason, but I'm not going to explain it now. I'm very communicative. When it's the right time I'll give my opinion."

Should a move fail to materialise before the transfer deadline, though, Guardiola is willing to give Ibrahimovic the opportunity to prove himself. "If after the 31st he's still a Barcelona player, I will treat him as such.''