TV presenter Diletta Leotta has denied scandalous claims about the nature of her relationship with football great Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Diletta and Ibrahimovic met recently when they filmed a promotional ad for training app ‘Buddy Fit’.
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The pair were then reportedly spotted at a restaurant in Sardinia together - where Leotta is celebrating her 29th birthday.
The rumour mill has since gone into overdrive about the Italian TV presenter and the married Swedish footballer.
A number of Italian publications have printed scandalous headlines about the pair, with Magazine ‘Chi’ calling them “the surprise couple of the summer”.
However Leotta has since hit back at the rumours with a statement from her representatives.
“There is no comment to make as there is no relationship between the two apart from a professional collaboration as Ambassador of Buddyfit,” a spokesman told The Sun.
Ibrahimovic and wife Helena Seger have been together for 18 years.
They have two sons together - Maximilian and Vincent.
Leotta was dating Italian boxer Daniele Scardina, however they recently split.
“Diletta is the best that life has given me,” Scardina told Tips For Women.
“I don’t throw myself on the ground. I am a boxer. I took a punch, she left me.
“I am in Sardinia, she ditto. But not together. Unfortunately.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic impressing at AC Milan
Milan head coach Stefano Pioli is in no doubt over Ibrahimovic’s enduring value as talks continue over the possibility of an extended stay at San Siro for the 38-year-old striker.
Ibrahimovic returned to Milan from MLS side LA Galaxy in January on a short-term deal – a transfer that proved something of a catalyst for an impressive second half of the campaign that ultimately saved Pioli's job.
The 38-year-old scored 10 times in 18 top-flight appearances, becoming the oldest player to reach double figures for a season in Serie A history.
In an interview with Milan premium sponsor Skrill, Pioli explained Ibrahimovic’s influence upon a developing squad extends far beyond that weight of numbers.
“Zlatan is a great professional,” he said. “He teaches young players, is a yardstick for his team-mates and is very respectful.
“His secret is the desire to want to win and always improve.”
One man certainly showing healthy signs of improvement at Milan is goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma
The highly rated 21-year-old kept 14 clean sheets across all competitions in 2019-20 and took on the captaincy over the closing weeks of the season in Alessio Romagnoli's injury absence.
“He is extraordinarily talented and wore the captain's armband that belongs to Romagnoli with great personality,” Pioli said.
“He is one of the strongest goalkeepers in the world and has ample room for improvement.”
with Stats Perform News