Ibrahimovic extends olive branch to Romelu Lukaku after furious bust-up with former Man Utd team-mate in Milan derby

ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC has insisted that there is ‘no personal problem’ between himself and Romelu Lukaku.

The former Manchester United team-mates were involved in a furious bust up during their clubs’ Coppa Italia clash in January.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku clashed in JanuaryCredit: Reuters

Zlatan addressed the media ahead of his performance at SanremoCredit: EPA

But Ibrahimovic has played the incident down – while inviting Lukaku to join him at the Sanremo music festival.

Zlatan is set to perform at the 60-year-old Italian extravaganza, and revealed that Lukaku would be ‘welcome’ to keep him company.

He said: “If Lukaku came to Sanremo I would welcome him.

“There is no personal problem.

“What you do on the pitch stays on the pitch. If you want to come, you are welcome.”

Ibrahimovic, 39, is set to perform Io vagabondo by Italian band I Nomadi alongside Bologna manager Sinisa Mihajlovic, 52.

Butchering the 1970s hit is likely to be all that Zlatan does in the coming weeks, however, having sustained a left thigh injury.

The ill-timed knock will rule the Swede out of an emotional return to Old Trafford, when AC Milan face Manchester United in the Europa League round of 16.

Ibrahimovic and Lukaku played together at Manchester UnitedCredit: AFP – Getty


As well as singing, Zlatan has decided to continue his war of words with NBA superstar LeBron James over political activism in sport.

LeBron, 36, has spoken out against police brutality in the US, as well as working tirelessly to increase voting in black communities.

Ibrahimovic told him to stick to doing ‘what he’s good at’, before LeBron hit back: “There’s no way I would ever just stick to sports, because I understand this platform and how powerful my voice is.”

The striker was subsequently branded ‘dumb as hell’ for his comments by two-time All-Star Baron Davis.

Ahead of Sanremo, however, Ibrahimovic has doubled down, saying: “Athletes unite the world, politics divide it.

“Our role is to unite the world by doing what we do best. Athletes should be athletes and politicians should do politics.”

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LeBron has insisted that he will not stop using his platform for positive changeCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Ex-Man Utd stars Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku clash in fiery Milan derby

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