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Inter ace Ibrahimovic: Juventus urged me to leave

Before last night's 1-1 draw at Juve, super Swede Ibra told Gazzetta dello Sport: "The Juventini may be unhappy, but it isn't my fault I joined Inter.

"The (calciopoli) scandals slowed everything down, I waited for months - in vain - to renew my contract.

"In the end, (sports director Alessio) Secco told me over the phone: 'If there is another team, do not hesitate'."

Ibrahimovic also revealed how coach Roberto Mancini changed the way he thought about his ability.

"One day, Mancini called me into his office. I sat down and he put on a video of Marco van Basten. He told me 'sit and watch, study his movements'. It was a sign, he was showing me what I could achieve. That gesture will always stay with me."

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