Championship - Zlatan told coach to 'f*** off' during failed QPR trial

Zlatan Ibrahimovic had an explosive and unsuccessful trial with Queens Park Rangers as teenager, it has been claimed.

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Championship - Zlatan told coach to 'f*** off' during failed QPR trial
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic during PSG's match at Saint-Etienne (AFP)

The Sweden international has long established himself as one of the best strikers in the game but QPR turned down the chance to sign him when he was just 16.

That is at least according to Ibrahimovic's friend Tony Flygare who played with the PSG striker when they were both part of Malmo's youth academy.

The two players were sent on trial at QPR in 1998 during Gerry Francis' second spell as manager and in the Championship at the time.

Flygare told the story of their trial in his book "Once, I Was Bigger Than Zlatan" and gave a summary of events to the Daily Mail.

"Zlatan was holding on to the ball for too long and the trainer tackled him when he wasn’t expecting it.

"For that, Zlatan tackled him back and then told the trainer to '**** off'. He went mad at Zlatan.

"Being in England was so much different. He just told Zlatan: 'for that, you’re going to breathe through your a***'. I’ll never forget it. We didn’t hear from QPR again.

"Zlatan didn’t want to play or stay in England, that is my opinion."

Ibrahimovic famously almost signed for Arsenal two years later and even travelled to North London to discuss the transfer with Arsene Wenger.

"Arsene gave me the famous red and white jersey - the No 9 shirt with Ibrahimovic on it and I was so pleased I even posed for a picture wearing it. It was a fantastic moment for me. Arsenal had a great team then and here was an Arsenal shirt made just for me," Ibrahimovic wrote in his autobiography "I Am Zlatan."

"So then I waited for him to convince me that I should join Arsenal. But he didn't even try. He never actually made me a serious offer, it was more, 'I want to see how good you are, what kind of player you are. Have a trial'. I couldn't believe it. I was like, 'No way, Zlatan doesn't do auditions'."

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