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There is always one rumour of the summer which merely provokes laughter rather than any thought. On Wednesday, we received the best example of this in the 2014 summer transfer window.
Ben Burrows of the Daily Mirror was among those to report the comments of former Malmo coach Stefan Hansson, who claimed the Sweden international wanted to return to Juventus one day.
Hansson was quoted as telling Tuttosport:
I talk to Ibra as we still have a good relationship from when I trained him as a teenager in Malmo.
After the French Super Cup we started talking about the future, and he told me that he wants to return to Juventus.
If they do not succeed right away, he wants to play there in maybe a year. And money is not a problem.
Not content with the fact that Ibrahimovic is currently playing the lead role in the success of Paris Saint-Germain, reports linking the striker to the Old Lady forget one thing: the view of the supporters.
Ibrahimovic joined Juve from Ajax in 2004 and impressed in his first season, but his second year at the club saw him playing as a target man, and he was unable to attain the same heights.
And at the end of that season, Juventus were demoted following the match-fixing scandal in Italian football. There followed an unseemly parting of the ways between the club and the player.
Juventus were already reeling from the loss of several key players as a result of the demotion, particularly former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira, who joined Inter Milan, when head coach Didier Deschamps demanded that his remaining players stayed at the club.
But Ibrahimovic's agent, Mino Raiola, decided that legal action would be taken to ensure his client was allowed to leave the club, as John Nisbet of The Independent reported at the time.
The divorce was messy and remains unforgotten, with former Juventus president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli reminding the world of what happened in an interview with TMW (via Football Italia) a year ago, when Ibrahimovic was also linked with a return to the club.
Cobolli Gigli was quoted as saying:
Nobody can doubt he is a great player, even if a little tactically anarchic. I remember when he demanded a transfer, banging his fists on the table.
Along with his agent Mino Raiola, they make quite a pair! We were forced to sell him, but also the situation meant we had to deal with buyers who knew our backs were to the wall.
At the end of the day, we had to sell to a club that was our historic antagonist, Inter.
This one is unlikely to happen.
Believability meter: Low
This one just isn't on our radar. Hansson was speaking to the media before taking charge of an Indonesian All-Stars team against Juventus in Jakarta this week, and perhaps it was an opportunity to give the match some publicity.
Juve ran out 8-1 winners. Maybe the club were in no mood to forgive the man linking Ibrahimovic with Juve once more?