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Ibrahimovic admits turning down summer move

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is staying in France. Credit: PA

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has admitted he had the chance to re-join former club AC Milan this summer, but decided to stay in France with Paris Saint-Germain.

The Swedish striker confirmed the offer when speaking to the media ahead of his country's Euro 2016 qualifiers against Russia and Austria.

"It was concrete from their side and they showed great interest, but I said from the beginning that I am staying at PSG, I'm happy there," the 33-year-old told a news conference.

Ibrahimovic promises surprise next move

Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he will surprise everyone with his next move when he leaves Paris St Germain.

Ibrahimovic has been linked with a number of clubs this summer, but insists he is "very happy" at PSG.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be going anywhere. Credit: PA

As it stands, however, he will leave next summer as he has just one year left on his contract.

The 33-year-old has spoken of his desire to play in MLS at some stage but where the Sweden international will ply his trade next is a mystery and the player intends on keeping it that way for now.

"Where I go next, it will be a surprise, a very big surprise," the PSG striker said after scoring in the 2-0 win over Manchester United in Chicago on Thursday.


Ibrahimovic keen on MLS move

Zlatan fancies a stint in America. Credit: PA

Zlatan Ibrahimovic would like a move to Major League Soccer before he ends his career.

The Paris St Germain star, 33, is currently in the United States with his club on a pre-season tour and admits the thought of playing in America is an idea he likes.

"I would like to play in the US, absolutely," Ibrahimovic was quoted as saying by Yahoo Sports.

Yahoo Sports reported that the three destinations which would appeal to the Swedish forward are Miami, Los Angeles and New York.

"I think (playing in MLS) would be an amazing experience," Ibrahimovic added.

"I see that soccer is growing a lot in the US. I was here 10 years ago and soccer was not on the level that it is today, but it's growing.

"It's growing in the right direction and I want it to be on the level of Europe. It will come here."

Zlatan could be heading to Rio 2016 Olympics

Zlatan in Rio? But of course. Credit: PA

Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be set to turn out for Sweden at the 2016 Olympics after a late equaliser against Portugal in the under-21 European Championship on Wednesday booked the Scandinavians' ticket to Rio de Janeiro.

Simon Tibbling's 89th-minute strike earned the Swedes a 1-1 draw in the Czech Republic, a result which sent both sides to the semi-finals as well as securing their Olympic places.

With each team allowed to choose three over-age players in their 18-man Olympic squads, Zlatan's name is already top of the list for Swedish fans.

The Paris St Germain striker and senior national team captain has previously said that, although it might be difficult, he would be interested in representing Sweden in Brazil.

"It's all about how the situation looks at that point but if I have the chance to represent my Sweden at an Olympics, why not?" Ibrahimovic told the Sportbladet newspaper earlier this month.

"We'll have to see how the situation is... but if I'm available, absolutely," the 33-year-old added.

Zlatan banned for expletive rant at referee and France

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been handed a four match ban by French football's disciplinary committee for an expletive rant about France and referee Lionel Jaffredo.

Ibrahimovic insulted referee Lionel Jaffredo. Credit: PA

The Swedish striker was caught on camera in the tunnel referring to France as "a s*** country" who don't deserve his club, PSG, and describing Jaffredo as an "a*******".

It came after decisions went against Ibrahimovic's Parisian team during the 3-2 Ligue 1 defeat against Bordeaux on March 15th.

Following a plea from sports minister Patrick Kanner, he later apoligised for his actions, offering "sincere apologies if anyone was offended or took it the wrong way."

Ibrahimovic remains available for PSG's League Cup final with Bastia this weekend, but will miss the league matches against Nice, Lille, Metz and Nantes.


PSG denied chance to overturn Ibrahimovic red

Ibrahimovic will miss his side's first Champions League quarter final match. Credit: PA

Paris St Germain will not be able to overturn Zlatan Ibrahimovic's red card despite Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho calling on the European governing body to cancel the dismissal.

UEFA has announced that referees' decisions are viewed as final unless it is a case of mistake identity.

PSG head coach Laurent Blanc said the club would consider making an appeal but UEFA's position means Ibrahimovic will be suspended for at least one match as a result of his red card which was shown for a foul on Chelsea midfielder Oscar.

A UEFA spokesman pointed to its disciplinary regulations which state: "Decisions taken by the referee on the field of play are final and may not be reviewed by the UEFA disciplinary bodies."

Mourinho said after the 2-2 draw which saw PSG win on away goals that he "hopes UEFA can minimise the mistake".

He said: "He would tell me if there was a reason for a red card. He was very disappointed. If that's the case I hope they can minimise the mistake and let him play in the quarter-finals because if he did nothing wrong he deserves that."

Blanc said after the game: "There will be a committee who will convene to talk about the decision and I hope he will be in our party for the quarter-final."

Zlatan reveals reason behind new tattoos

Zlatan. Credit: Reuters

Can we love Zlatan any more than we already do? Yes, yes we can.

The Swedish superstar netted after just 72 seconds during PSG's clash with Caen before taking his shirt off in celebration and revealing a whole host of new tattoos.

Ibra had the names of 50 starving people temporarily tattooed onto his body as a show of support for the United Nations World Food Programme.

The WFP is responsible for helping 805 million people throughout the world tackle hunger - watch the video explaining the stunt starring Zlatan below.

Zlatan fights world starvation with 15 new tattoos

Paris St Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has outlined a highly unusual charitable gesture he made in support of the World Food Programme.

Zlatan (shirtless) shows off his temporary tattoos. Credit: Szwarc Henri/ABACA/Press Association

Ibrahimovic was booked after only two minutes for removing his shirt as he celebrated scoring the opening goal in his side's 2-2 draw with Caen.

As he did, the tattooed star revealed several new designs, a collection of signatures which he has since shed light on.

"Saturday evening against Caen, when I took off my shirt, everyone asked what these new tattoos were," Ibrahimovic told PSG's official website.

"I had 15 temporary tattoos on my body. They were the names of real people who suffer from starvation in the world.

"Even if the tattoos are gone today, these people are still there. There are 805 million starving people in the world. I want you to see them, through me, to help the World Food Programme."

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