Zlatan Ibrahimovic has warned Romelu Lukaku their long-running feud is far from over.
The former Manchester United team-mates have an acrimonious relationship that first came to an ugly head when they faced each other in a Milan derby back in 2021.
The clash turned deeply personal as they traded insults and ended with AC Milan hitman Ibrahimovic being sent off.
And the Swedish striker, who at 40 has just signed a one-year extension, insists he has not forgiven Lukaku – now back on loan with Inter following his disastrous £100million move to Chelsea.
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In an extraordinary account of their bust-up, featured in his new book, ‘Adrenaline’, Ibrahimovic reveals:
• He feared Lukaku had cursed him with voodoo after the Copa Italia tie
• They came close to a full-blown tunnel punch-up during half-time
• He will never back down or apologise to his Serie A rival
Lukaku initially flipped, according to the ex-Barcelona and PSG star, over a reference to an old rumour, always denied by the Belgian, that his mother used voodoo to determine he should leave Everton for Old Trafford in July 2017.
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"I say to him, 'Go tell your mother to do a voodoo spell for you'. Here, he basically loses it," recalls Ibrahimovic.
"The first half comes to an end. (In the tunnel) Lukaku threatens me from a distance, 'I’m going to put three bullets in your head’."
Ibrahimovic, later dismissed for a second yellow card, suffered such a wretched run of misfortune in the weeks that followed he actually wondered if Lukaku and voodoo might be responsible.
The former Ajax, Juventus and LA Galaxy superstar goes on: "Could it have been that Lukaku performed some sort of voodoo ritual to hurt me?"
The pair’s bad blood had initially been caused by Lukaku signing for Inter in a record £75m deal from United and immediately proclaiming himself ‘the true king of Milan’.
Ibrahimovic, who also reckons he helped improve Lukaku’s poor ball control and first touch during their Old Trafford days, took great exception to that statement.
"Lukaku isn’t a bad person but he made a serious mistake: he turned against me. I will make him eat the words he said to me," claims the prolific veteran.
Adrenaline: My Untold Stories by Zlatan Ibrahimovic is published by Penguin (28 July)
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