Marcos Rojo says that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has told him he does not wish to return to international football with Sweden.
Ibrahimovic has not appeared for Sweden since their ignominious Euro 2016 exit, partly due to the long-term injury he suffered earlier this year.
With Sweden’s qualification to the 2018 World Cup secured however, some have touted a possible return for the country’s most famous footballing son.
Sweden coach Janne Andersson had to field questions about Ibrahimovic’s supposed comeback in the immediate aftermath of their play-off victory over Italy, and Rojo has shed some more light on the situation.
“I asked Ibra that now that they are in the World Cup if he would like to go, he says no but I don’t know,” he told Clarin. “For me he has to go.
“He’s an amazing character, but for those who don’t know him, he seems like a bighead but he’s a phenomenon, he’s a beast who goes forward and wants to win everything.”
The defender, who made his return in the Champions League against Basel last week after his own injury, reserved praise for Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.
“He’s always happy, close to the players. He’s a very happy person, he helped me a lot, he got the best out of me.
“He always tells us to play quietly in practice because with Ibra we kill each other with kicks.”