Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pardew Can't Wait to Meet 'God-Like' Ibrahimovic

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pardew Can't Wait to Meet 'God-Like' Ibrahimovic

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ALAN Pardew finally gets the chance to come up against Zlatan Ibrahimovic today, 18 years after first meeting the striker.

At the start of his managerial career the Crystal Palace boss was on a scouting trip in Sweden when he was introduced to a 17-year-old Ibrahimovic.

It has been a long time coming but Pardew is now relishing the chance to send his Palace side out against the Reds and Ibrahimovic at Selhurst Park.

"Coming up against Zlatan is one thing I've not done in my career and I'm looking forward to it," he said.

"I met him when he was 17 in Sweden. My wife is Swedish and her family all love him to bits. He's an icon there, almost god-like.

"He always makes me smile, and he makes me smile as a person because I think he plays in the right spirit. …

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