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West Brom's Jonas Olsson hopeful Zlatan Ibrahimovic will end career in England

Published 28/11/2015

West Brom's Jonas Olsson is hoping to keep his place against West Ham on Sunday
West Brom's Jonas Olsson is hoping to keep his place against West Ham on Sunday

West Brom defender Jonas Olsson has urged Sweden team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic to change his mind and come to England.

Olsson wants the 34-year-old Paris St Germain striker to move to the Barclays Premier League when his contract in the French capital expires next summer.

Ibrahimovic earlier this month said he believes it is "too late" to move to across the Channel after playing in Spain, Holland, Italy - where he featured under Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan - and France.

But Olsson is keen to see his international captain in the top flight for a career swansong.

"He's still at the top of his game. He is the strongest player I have been up against. I really hope he comes," the Albion centre-back said ahead of Sunday's game at West Ham.

"Zlatan on his day is the most talented footballer in the game.

"He has played under Jose Mourinho before and the only place where he's not 100 per cent appreciated is in the UK.

"I think he can play for any team in this league - he is still that good."

Olsson is targeting a Sweden recall after they qualified for Euro 2016, when Ibrahimovic inspired them to a play-off win over Denmark.

Olsson played with Ibrahimovic at Euro 2012, when Sweden were knocked out in the group stage after losing 3-2 to England.

The 32-year-old then had to return home for the birth of his daughter Annabelle and wants to play in France next year - but without the drama.

"After the England game I had to fly back to Sweden because my daughter was born the next day," he said.

"It was a really surreal 24 hours, the disappointment of being knocked out and the joy of my daughter being born.

"She was born early so it wasn't planned at all. Then I flew back, played the last game and came straight home."

But Olsson knows he must force his way back into the Baggies team after a groin injury only saw him return for their 2-1 victory over Arsenal last week following seven weeks out.

Gareth McAuley is available after a ban, but Olsson said: "I have been in and out of the Sweden squad but it's important to get minutes here. I hope I can play against West Ham. It's nice to be back.

"I have always enjoyed playing against Andy Carroll because it's always a big battle and I'm sure he enjoyed it too."

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