PSG marched to their fourth straight Ligue 1 win with a 9-0 annihilation of Troyes, but the celebrations were somewhat soured by Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s announcement confirming his departure from the club in the summer.
After the match, the legendary striker confirmed that he intends to leave the Parisian club after his contract expires in June. Club president Nasser al-Khelaifi said after the match that he hoped to retain him, but the Swede seemed firm in his decision.
“I will not be at PSG next season,” said Ibrahimovic, according to the Guardian. “I have one and a half months left on my contract here. I will enjoy while I’m still here. What will happen next year I do not know but for now I will not be here.”
However, the former Milan forward did jokingly claim that he would stay on in Paris if they replaced the Eiffel Tower with a statue of him.
“I do not think they can change the Eiffel Tower by my statue, so… even the leaders of the club cannot, I think,” added Zlatan. “But if they can, I’ll stay here, I promise.”
A legend leaves the city of love
Zlatan Ibrahimovic kick-started the PSG revolution in France, and has won the Ligue 1 title in each of the four seasons he has spent at the club. The striker has previously played for some of the biggest clubs in the world, including Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus and AC Milan. He joined the Parisians in 2012 for 20 million euros, and has gone on to score a total of 141 goals in 167 appearances for the club.
Even at 34 years of age, Ibrahimovic is showing no signs of slowing down. He has 31 goals and 14 assists in 32 appearances for PSG this season, a massive contribution by any standards.
Zlatan will be a wanted man when he walks out of Paris this summer, and a move to the Premier League could be on the cards with a number of top clubs — Manchester United, Chelsea and even Arsenal — linked with the Swede.