Ilkay Gundogan has told The Guardian that even Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic rates Manchester City boss Pep Guadiola is the ‘best manager he has worked with.’
Ibrahimovic heavily criticised Guardiola in in his autobiography which was released in 2013. The Sweden international worked alongside the Spanish tactician at Barcelona but departed after just one season.
However, according to Gundogan, Ibrahimovic has admitted that Guardiola is the best coach in the world.
“Even the players who don’t like him rate him and the best example is Ibrahimovic,” Gundogan told the Guardian.
“I read in his book that he doesn’t like him. But he says he is the best coach he ever worked with. This is really special to read, but he is being honest.
“It is the same thing I heard from the players at Bayern Munich. They told me the same – that he can improve everyone. That is what is possible.”
Gundogan provided seven assists and scored three goals in 40 appearances for Borussia Dortmund in all competitions last season. The 25-year-old missed out on this summers Euro 2016 due to his knee injury.
Germany have advanced to the semi finals of Euro 2016 after recording a win over Italy on penalties. Joachim Low’s side take on the hosts France in the semi-finals on tomorrow evening.
Ibrahimovic provided 19 assists and found the back of the net 50 times in 51 appearances for PSG last season. The powerful striker has scored a total of 156 goals in 180 games for the Ligue 1 champions since joining from AC Milan.