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Monday, December 10, 2012
Laporta: Pep and Ibra have ended row

Dermot Corrigan, Spain Correspondent

Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta says Pep Guardiola and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have patched up their differences, fuelling speculation in the Catalan media that the pair could be set to reunite at Paris Saint Germain.

Ibrahimovic spent one season under Guardiola at Barcelona, which ended with the Swede accusing the coach of being a "philosopher" and a "coward" after he was first dropped from the team and then shipped out to AC Milan.

But Laporta, known to be closer to Guardiola than current Barca president Sandro Rosell, told the French TV programme Telefoot that the two had put their disputes behind them.

"It is true that there was a historical situation there, but that has passed now," Laporta said. "I believe the two have mended their relationship."

Possible indications that Guardiola might choose PSG ahead of other suitors such as Chelsea, Manchester City, Bayern Munich or AC Milan for his return to football also include his previous links with the French club's Qatari owners.

He spent two years at Doha side Al Ahli towards the end of his playing career, and more recently worked as an ambassador for the country's successful World Cup 2022 bid.

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