Ancelotti jokes about Ibrahimovic arrival after Everton links

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has said that he is unsure what Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s plans are, after the veteran striker was linked with a move to Goodison Park.

Ibrahimovic is a free agent having left LA Galaxy after the recent conclusion of the MLS season, with recent reports suggesting that the Sweden legend could be on his way to Merseyside.

It has been claimed that Ancelotti – officially appointed by the Toffees on Saturday – was eyeing a move for the striker as a top piece of business upon his arrival.

Speaking to reporters at his first press conference in his new role, however, Ancelotti joked as he cleared up such rumours.

“Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a good friend of mine,” the manager said. “He was my player. Fortunately I have trained a lot of fantastic players.

“But Ibrahimovic has finished his period in the United States and I don’t know what is his idea.

“I have to call him. Maybe I’ll call him and [ask] if he wants to come to Liverpool to enjoy – but not to play.”

Elsewhere, Ancelotti said he is excited to get to work with forward Moise Kean, who is yet to score since his move from Juventus in the summer.



“We tried to buy him [at Napoli]. He’s a really good player with a lot of talent. He showed fantastic talent last year at Juventus,” the Italian boss added.

“We have to consider he is 19 years old and every player who changes country needs time to adapt.”

Everton‘s next game sees them face Burnley in Premier League action on Boxing Day.