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Conte: “There was a moment when I tried to convince him to come to Chelsea, but he was in a recovery phase and eventually he didn’t feel like accepting.”

By Tommaso Fiore

Last Updated: 10/01/20 2:50pm

Antonio Conte and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were embroiled in a Serie A title fight with Juventus and AC Milan respectively in 2011 and 2012

Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte revealed he was once close to bringing Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Stamford Bridge.

Ibrahimovic returned to AC Milan for a second stint in December, signing a six-month contract with an option for a further year after his deal at MLS side Los Angeles Galaxy expired in November.

Conte is now in charge of the Swede’s city rivals Inter Milan, but said the pair could have been working together in west London when he took the reins between 2016 and 2018.

“I welcome back Ibrahimovic, he is a great champion,” said Conte. “He knows well there was a moment when I tried to convince him to come to Chelsea, but he was in a recovery phase and eventually he didn’t feel like accepting.

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