Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s invitation to Romelu Lukaku after Milan derby bust-up
Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists there is no “personal problem” with Romelu Lukaku following their clash in January.
The pair came to blows in the Coppa Italia clash between AC Milan and Inter Milan.
The Belgian ace was furious and appeared to say “f*** you and your wife” in the Swede’s direction before he seemed to refer to Lukaku as a “little donkey”.
Ibrahimovic was investigated for his comments having also told his opponent to “call your mother and do your voodoo s***”.
According to Football Italia, the Swede has told the FIGC (the Italian Football Federation) that his comments were in reference to a previous story relating to the Belgian.
Ibrahimovic has now played the incident down and claimed he would welcome the Inter star to the Sanremo music festival.
The Milan forward is due to perform at the 60-year-old Italian event.
And he is adamant that on pitch matters remain there and he would welcome the Belgian were he to join him.
He said: “If Lukaku came to Sanremo I would welcome him. There is no personal problem.
“What you do on the pitch stays on the pitch. If you want to come, you are welcome.”
In the aftermath of the incident, amid accusations of racism, Ibrahimovic tweeted: “In ZLATAN’s world there is no place for RACISM.
“We are all the same race – we are all equal !! We are all PLAYERS… some better then others.”
The Swede is set to perform lo vagabondo by Italian band I Nomadi alongside Bologna manager Sinisa Mihajlovic.
The two Milan clubs both have their sights set on the Serie A title.
They occupy the top two positions and enjoy a slight lead over champions Juventus.
Inter’s win at the weekend has them sat at the summit – four points ahead of their city rivals.
Antonio Conte’s side have won their last five while Milan recently suffered back to back defeats.
Lukaku is confident that his side are heading in the right direction as they target a first league title since 2010.
“We are improving, we are on top of the table, it’s a nice feeling, but we must continue,” he said.
“We faced some defeats in these kind games last season and we want to improve. I am really happy with the victory.
“Now we must focus on Parma, it’s not going to be an easy game.
“We want to show our opponents that we are here. We must focus on one game at a time. It was an important match after two back-to-back victories.
“We scored three goals and kept a clean sheet, perfect.
“I always want to improve, just like many other players. We are young and we have room for improvement. We want to win these games, it’s a good feeling.”