Barcelona president Joan Laporta has insisted Zlatan Ibrahimovic still has a future at the Nou Camp despite this week’s arrival of David Villa.
Ibrahimovic joined Barca last summer in a deal that saw Inter get €46 million plus Samuel Eto’o (valued at €20 million) in exchange for the Swede, but forward had a mixed first season with the Catalan outfit.
He scored 16 league goals as Barca defended their Primera Division title but he also came in for criticism from some quarters.
Barca have now agreed a €40 million deal for Spain striker Villa, who is set to undergo a medical and complete his move from Valencia on Friday.
However, that does not mean Ibrahimovic is on his wayout, with Laporta saying: ”Ibra is not for sale. He is a very highly-valued player, and I know the coaches count on him. The signing of Villa does not affect the future of Ibra.”
Laporta preferred not to comment on any other possible signings, including questions regarding Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas, saying only: ”There are players who learnt their trade here and know the Barca style. As such, when they come in it is much easier for them to adapt.”