Zlatan Blows His Own Trumpet

Known for possessing arrogance in abundance, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of football’s more outspoken individuals, regularly proceeding to praise himself rather highly while speaking about his ‘beautiful’ self in the third-person.

But with this unflappable confidence comes the ability to back it up. It’s not often that one of the the beautiful game’s greatest advocates can possess such a strong personality along with a vast and unparalleled skillset nowadays, but the humongous Swede seems to tick all of the necessary boxes.

So when CNN football correspondent Pedro Pinto (who has conducted interviews with various world-beaters) got the chance to meet the one and only Zlatan, he didn’t hesitate to ask the PSG front-man some pressing questions, and the man mammoth himself did not fail to disappoint the viewers at home, as he answered some flattering questions without batting an eyelid for the most part.

When asked what he would rate himself as a footballer on a scale of 1 to 10, the striker once again produced the goods, and confidently replied with the wryest smile known to man.

Have a watch of the excellent video here, which is sure to make you chuckle.


Nene Scraps It Out In Qatar

Former PSG star Nene has only been in Qatar for a short while, but he is already leaving skid marks on his new stomping ground as a video has surfaced of him getting involved in a needless brawl with an opposing player right at the death of a cup match against Al-Arabi.

After receiving a second booking for a clumsy and ill-timed challenge 94 minutes into the game the 31 year old flipped, lost his rag, and embroiled himself in a simply bizarre scuffle with Al-Arabi midfielder Houssine Kharja.

The scenes that followed were nothing short of chaotic. It even looked as if 2 Ku Klux Klan members made their way onto the pitch amidst all the madness, but you can interpret the white tunics in whatever way you want.

I think it’s safe to say the players in question will be handed subsequent bans, and who knows. Maybe Nene’s short lived tenure at Al-Gharafa could well be over. Joey Barton’s antics at the rear end of last season proved to be the end of his reign at QPR, for now anyway. Maybe the Brazilian winger’s fate will be of a similar nature.

Watch all the chaos ensue the booking right here.

January Transfer Window Part 2: Will They Happen?


1. Wesley Sneijder – Liverpool/Galatasaray

The Dutchman is desperately looking for a way out of Italy. Inter Milan have only played him 5 times this season after requesting he took a pay-cut, which he refused. It was reported that the Italian giants accepted a bid in the region of €10 million for the playmaker from Galatasary, but Sneijder has made it clear that he would prefer a move to England. Liverpool are said to be very interested in the Holland captain, and reports suggest they have tabled a bid within the sum of £8 million, yet the Merseyside club have dismissed such stories. The 28-year old is a wasted talent sitting on the bench at Inter, and it would be refreshing to see a big name to make that step up to the Premier League, and show why he was once raved about as being one of the best midfielders in world football. Sneijder’s wage demands are said to be a huge fork-in-the-road in signing a deal with a new club, and his ludicrous demands may scare other potential suitors off.

2. Yann M’Vila – QPR

The Stade Rennais Midfielder has been on various Premier League clubs’ radars for quite a while now, and Harry Redknapp looks ready to bring the Frenchman to London for a fee somewhere in the region of £10 million. The 22-year old defensive midfielder could offer Harry Redknapp that extra bit of quality in a midfield that is riddled with inexperienced and inconsistent players. Some have compared M’Vila to French legends Claude Makelele and Patrick Viera, as he is robust in the challenge and also possesses wonderful vision and a work-rate to match. With 22 caps in the French national side, the Frenchman could most certainly prove to be a revelation for QPR, and revive their abysmal season so far.

3. Hatem Ben Arfa – PSG

Ben Arfa is far too good a player to be lying in 16th with an appalling Newcastle side so far this season. Reports suggest that he would opt for a move back to his home league, Ligue 1, and to French giants PSG. He has shown an immense amount of quality in his time at Newcastle, and he now wants to jump ship, and rightly so. There has been no official bid from PSG as of yet, but in a recent interview with French media source Le Parisien, the winger has stated that it is a ‘childhood dream’ of his to play for the Parisian side. PSG could certainly do with adding some more attacking prowess to their highly innocuous attack, bar the almighty Zlatan, who seems to be single-handedly leading the push for the Ligue 1 title.

4. Luka Modric – Chelsea

After making the £33 million move from Tottenham to La Liga reigning champions Real Madrid, Luka Modric has enjoyed a less than fruitful 7 months at the Spanish outfit, failing to cement a first team place in the struggling side. His quality as a playmaker was almost unrivalled during his time in England, and he rarely came under much criticism from the media or fans. Last summer, Chelsea attempted to lure the Croat in with a lucrative contract deal, but their offered fee failed to meet Daniel Levy and Spurs’ valuation of the midfielder (mainly Levy’s). With the likes of Mesut Ozil and Kaka at Real Madrid, Modric was always going to find it a difficult task to make the starting XI. A move back to England would suit all parties, as Chelsea have been lacking a seasoned central player for periods of the current campaign. After being voted worst La Liga signing of the season along with Barca’s Alex Song, Modric’s tenure in Spain will be one he will most likely be happy to forget. No bid as of yet, but Chelsea are keeping a watchful eye on the nowadays sporadic 27-year old.

5. Will Hughes – Manchester City/Liverpool

One of the more obscure names on this list, Will Hughes is a fine young Englishman with bags of ability. At the age of 17, the Derby talent has found himself subject to many a rumour as of late, and it is not difficult to see why. The teenager bases his football on that of Catalan favourites Xavi and Iniesta, making mazy runs and precise, incisive through balls for attackers to latch onto.  He is also known for his ball control, rarely losing it to the opposition and standing firm when tackles are made, or when they need to be made. Pace and strength are not something that usually go hand in hand, particularly when you take into account the fact that this teenager boasts a frame  at 6′ 1″. A very gifted and technically sound player, Hughes has an illustrious, lengthy career ahead of himself. Manchester City are looking at making a £10 million bid, or £6 million with a swap involved. The midfielder has said himself that he is a boyhood Liverpool fan through and through, and it is claimed that Liverpool staff rate the youngster very highly.