Ibrahimovic labels Balotelli 'average'

  • By: Lucas Brown
  • Last Updated: October 13 2012, 12:37 BST

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has continued his public attacks on former club Barcelona by branding both them and Manchester City forward Mario Balotelli as average.

Ibrahimovic: Critical of former Inter team-mate Ballotelli

The Sweden international has aimed several barbs at the Catalan giants since his 12-month stay at Camp Nou ended in 2010 and has now taken another shot.

Balotelli was dragged in on this occasion as Ibrahimovic was asked about the Italian forward, whom he knew during his time with Inter, possibly moving to Real Madrid.

Speaking to www.diez.hn, the tempestuous Paris Saint-Germain striker made it clear that Citizens' goalscorer would be better off in Catalunya, and not for a good reason.

"Balotelli to Madrid? I cannot see it," Ibrahimovic stated. "I would put him more towards Barca. A mediocre team and a mediocre player."

Ibrahimovic has felt bitter about the way he was ushered out of Barca after netting 21 goals and winning the league title, Spanish and UEFA Super Cups and FIFA Club World Cup.

Former Blaugrana coach Pep Guardiola, who won 14 trophise in four seasons at Barcelona, has been the focus of the former Ajax and Milan forward.

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