Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has hit out at what he sees as former striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s selfish attitude.
Ibrahimovic, a record signing for the Catalan outfit, departed Barca for Milan in the summer, despite having only spent one season at Camp Nou.
The move came about after the striker’s relationship with coach Pep Guardiola disintegrated last season.
Former Barca and Spain goalkeeper Zubizarreta has since criticised the Swede, branding him too self-absorbed to fit in with Barca’s style of play.
“If you see football in terms of individuals, or individual actions, Ibrahimovic belongs on that list,” Zubizarreta told Barca’s TV channel.
“He is an extraordinary footballer but when I said the ‘Ibra case’ was a soccer issue it was because on the pitch you don’t just play with the ball but also when you don’t have the ball.
“You have to give your team mates options and there is also a great deal of tactical work to do.
“And you have to be able to do both things very well: your own individual play but also your role within the team.”
Ibrahimovic has claimed he is baffled as to why Guardiola, whom he derided as a ‘philosopher’, was so eager to get rid of him.
He told reporters before completing his move to Serie A: “When I enter a room Guardiola leaves, I don’t know if he’s scared of me or what.
“Speak to him, he’s the one who has the problem. I don’t know what it is.”
Zubizarreta claimed neither Guardiola nor himself were troubled by the ‘philosopher’ remark.
He said: “Those of us who are close to him (Guardiola), sometimes we have also called him that.”