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Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has said he would be interested in signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic but the final decision lies with the player.

Ibrahimovic will become a free agent in January when his contract at LA Galaxy expires and recently talked up the possibility of returning to Serie A — where he won titles at Juventus, Inter and AC Milan — with Napoli.

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Asked about the Swede’s comments, Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti said he would be interested in talking to Ibrahimovic and De Laurentiis has also welcomed the idea.

“He is a friend,” De Laurentiis told TV Luna regarding Ibrahimovic ahead of the Champions League clash with FC Salzburg.

“I met him, not as a footballer, but as a normal person in Los Angeles because we shared the same hotel. I invited him to dinner with his wife and children and we had a great night.

“On the pitch, he seems like one type of person, but really he is completely different. My desire would be to see in our jersey. It’s more than just a suggestion, but it’s up to him. It has been spoken about for a few months.”

Ibrahimovic enjoyed incredible success during his spells in Italy from 2004-09 and 2010-12. In seven seasons, he won six Serie A titles.

The 38-year-old is preparing for the Western Conference semifinals against LAFC on Thursday as LA Galaxy look to win the MLS Cup for the first time since 2014.

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