Conte: I tried to sign Zlatan

English Premier League

Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte has revealed he tried to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic when he was still managing Chelsea.

The 38-year-old has returned to the Italian top flight with AC Milan after spending two seasons with LA Galaxt in Major League Soccer.

Ibrahimovic spent two years with Manchester United at the same time Conte was at Chelsea, and the latter has opened up about the time he wanted the striker at Stamford Bridge.

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“First of all, I want to say welcome back Ibra," Conte was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

"He is a great champion. I tried to get him when I was at Chelsea. I have a lot of respect for him, he has lots of personality after having a tough upbringing - he is a great player.

"I think he can give Milan a lot. His personality will help Milan, he will help the others grow. I think it is important for coaches to have players who lead the way, players who know what you want and lead the team.

"I think this is vital for a coach to have in a team. When a coach has those players then things are a lot easier."