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Palermo new boy Mehmeti plays down Zlatan billing

Published: Friday 6 January 2012, 8.18CET
"The only thing we have in common is that we both played for Malmö," said US Città di Palermo's new signing Agon Mehmeti, who is being hailed in Italy as the new Zlatan Ibrahimović.
by Paolo Menicucci
from Milan
Palermo new boy Mehmeti plays down Zlatan billing
New Palermo signing Agon Mehmeti holds Zlatan Ibrahimović in high esteem ©Getty Images
Published: Friday 6 January 2012, 8.18CET

Palermo new boy Mehmeti plays down Zlatan billing

"The only thing we have in common is that we both played for Malmö," said US Città di Palermo's new signing Agon Mehmeti, who is being hailed in Italy as the new Zlatan Ibrahimović.

If you are a talented Swedish forward with an overseas heritage who came to prominence at Malmö FF, certain comparisons are inevitable. However, US Città di Palermo's new signing Agon Mehmeti says it is far too soon to be calling him the new Zlatan Ibrahimović.

"It's true that when I look at my career I'm the first one to think about Zlatan," said the Kosovo-born player, who joined Palermo on a free transfer after his contract with the Allsvenskan outfit expired in November. "It's way too early, though. Zlatan is a great champion and he has constantly proved it in club football and with the Swedish national team. I try to follow his example and play like him but at this point the only thing we have in common is that we both played for Malmö."

Born in Podujevo, Mehmeti moved to Sweden with his family when he was just two years old and made his top-flight debut in 2008. "I try to play in various roles in attack; I have also played wide or behind the forwards," continued the 22-year-old who played five games in the UEFA Europa League group stage this season with the Swedish side before penning a contract until 2016 with the Rosanero. "I don't have an objective in terms of goals; I just want to help my new team get good results."

Mehmeti, who scored two goals in five games for Sweden Under-21s, helped Malmö knock out HB Tórshavn and Rangers FC in the UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds before his side lost 4-3 on aggregate in the play-offs against GNK Dinamo Zagreb, despite his goal in the first leg in Croatia. The European adventure tailed off thereafter, Malmö earning just one point in UEFA Europa League Group G.

The Swedish title-winner with Malmö in 2010 earned the nickname 'Supersub' after coming on as an 83rd-minute replacement to score twice in a 3-2 win against Kalmar FF in his first Allsvenskan season. "To be honest, I don't like that nickname," said the forward, who scored five further goals as substitute in 2009. "I just like to score any way I can and here in Italy there are great examples to follow such as [Filippo] Inzaghi or [Diego] Milito." Or perhaps even Zlatan Ibrahimović.

Zlatan is a great champion and he has constantly proved it in club football and with the Swedish national team. I try to follow his example and play like him but at this point the only thing we have in common is that we both played for Malmö
Agon Mehmeti, US Città di Palermo
I just like to score any way I can and here in Italy there are great examples to follow such as [Filippo] Inzaghi or [Diego] Milito
Agon Mehmeti, US Città di Palermo
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