Ibrahimovic told to expect hot reception at Inter

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Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic can expect a hot reception from his former Inter Milan team-mates when the sides clash in the Champions League next Wednesday, according to winger Mancini.

Ibrahimovic claimed earlier this week he was expecting a good reaction on his return to the San Siro because "before my arrival they had not won anything for 17 years".

However, Mancini believes the Swede should not try to take all the credit for Inter's resurgence.

"He has done important things with us and won three Scudetti but his remarks struck me as a bit provocative and exaggerated," Mancini said in Corriere dello Sport.

"Everyone is entitled to his own opinion and we need to respect that but it's not like he says. Inter have existed for 100 years and had won trophies before his arrival."

Mancini struggled to hold down a place in the Inter team following his move from Roma last summer, and he revealed a return to the Italian capital was an option this summer.

"I spoke to (Inter boss Jose) Mourinho and he told me he didn't want me to leave," said the 29-year-old. "But someone from Roma did approach my agent during the last days of the transfer window.

"I now hope to have a different season than last year. I am eager to prove a point and go back to being the Mancini you all know. It's the beginning of a new life for me."