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Ashley Cole: Zlatan Ibrahimović will find MLS “easy”

Them’s fightin’ words

Sweden v England - Group D: UEFA EURO 2012 Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images

LA Galaxy left back Ashley Cole is more than familiar with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, having played against the Swedish target striker on multiple occasions.

In fact, the former England international had some rather glowing praise for his new teammate according to the Daily Star, suggesting Ibra would have little difficulty finding success in Major League Soccer.

“I’ve played against him many times. I remember once I’ve faced him in a World Cup and I’ve got him one-on-one and I’ve thought ‘you’ve got to knock it but you aren’t going to outrun me’.

”Then he’s knocked it and he’s gone. He’s a big, powerful strong guy so he’s somebody we can use.

”With his technical ability as well, he can score goals. He wants to win. I know his personality and he hasn’t come here to relax and enjoy a holiday.

“He’s come here to win and fight. I’m not talking out of turn, but I think he’ll find it easy here to be honest.

”He has all the attributes to still be great. He’s going to score goals for sure so hopefully he can stay fit. Even though he’s old, like me!”

Glowing praise indeed.

The Galaxy battle LAFC in the inaugural El Tráfico this Saturday on Fox.