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Zlatan bows out of PSG in style

Zlatan and his son leave the PSG field for the last time. Credit: PA

Outgoing striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic became Paris St Germain's top-scorer in a single Ligue 1 season after marking his final appearance at the Parc des Princes with a brace in the champions' 4-0 victory over Nantes.

The Sweden international, who will leave PSG when his contract expires in the summer, netted in the 17th and 89th minutes to surpass the 37-goal record set by Carlos Bianchi in 1977-78.

The first-half opener came just seven minutes after the home crowd paid tribute to Ibrahimovic, skipper for the night, with a standing ovation.

Ibrahimovic was also involved in the build-up to PSG's second goal two minutes before half-time from Lucas Moura and, after Marquinhos added a third seven minutes after the interval, the striker had the final say with his record-breaking effort at the death.


Ibrahimovic confirms PSG departure

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will leave Paris Saint-Germain when his contract expires in the summer after confirming he will play his last game at the Parc de Princes on Saturday.

The Swede still has chance to add more silverware to his collection when PSG face Marseille in the French Cup final next weekend, a game which will bring down the curtain on his career with PSG.

I am very proud of the last 4 years. I loved every day I spent here. The Paris Saint-Germain has become a STAR club in the world and I played a key role moving it forward.

It is now the right time for me to take a different path. I would like to thank my team mates, the technical staff and all the people in the club. My heart is with the fans. They were amazing from the first day I came here.

They are the best fans in France. It is not a farewell but only an AU REVOIR. I came like a king I leave like a legend but I will be back.”

– Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan: PSG threw away their chance against Man City

Zlatan Ibrahimovic conceded Paris St Germain threw away their chance to reach the Champions League semi-finals against Manchester City.

The runaway French champions were unable to turn their quarter-final tie back in their favour after surrendering a lead in the 2-2 first-leg draw, losing 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.

Ibrahimovic endured a frustrating night in front of goal. Credit: PA

City's Kevin De Bruyne scored the only goal of a nervy but open encounter in Manchester with 14 minutes left.

PSG, unused to being attacked by opponents in Ligue 1, had played with a back three for the first time this season in a bid to bolster their midfield and negate City's forwards.

But that plan did not work and striker Ibrahimovic, who endured a frustrating night in front of goal, felt the French side were caught out.

The Sweden international said: "In the first half we played with a new system and what happened, happened. If it had gone well, nobody would say anything, and now people will say we gave it away.

"The second half was better, when we reverted to our normal tactics, but we gave away two games.

"I think we are a better team, but we lost here and we drew 2-2 at home, so all the best to Manchester City."

Mata would welcome Zlatan at Man United

Juan Mata would welcome the prospect of Zlatan Ibrahimovic joining him at Manchester United.

Paris St Germain striker Ibrahimovic's current contract with the French outfit runs out this summer and the 34-year-old Sweden international has been linked with United.

Zlatan is yet to play for an English club. Credit: PA

Regarding such talk, Red Devils playmaker Mata told Sky Sports News: "I don't know what he's going to do.

"I don't know if he will be finishing his contract or not with PSG at the end of the season and if he's going to stay there or not. Maybe he tries a new chapter in his long career.

"He is probably the best in the history of Sweden if we talk about football and what he represents."

Ibrahimovic is yet to play for an English club, but has won trophies with the likes of Ajax, Inter Milan and AC Milan, Barcelona and PSG.

"He was in so many countries and different leagues and he's won trophies everywhere. That speaks about his quality as a player and his importance," added Mata.

"He's a very good player and I like to play with very good players.

"I don't decide that, he decides that and the club decides that. But obviously I think every player would be happy to play with him."


Ibrahimovic makes bold request to stay at PSG

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is on his way. Credit: PA

Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he will leave the club in the summer when his contract expires.

The charismatic Swede joked he would consider staying if the Eiffel Tower was swapped for a statue of himself after PSG had confirmed another French title with a 9-0 win at Troyes.

Ibrahimovic has been linked with a move to the Premier League but hasn't confirmed where he will be heading to.

I always had a good relationship with the fans. With the club, they always took care of me. I have always had good relationship with everyone. This is not in question. But, for now, I will not be at PSG next season. 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.

I do not think they can change the Eiffel Tower by my statue, so...

Even the leaders of the club cannot, I think. But if they can, I’ll stay here, I promise.

– Zlatan Ibrahimovic speaking to Bein Sportss

Zlatan not seeking revenge against Chelsea

PSG forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Credit: PA

Paris St Germain talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic has warned Chelsea he is better than ever ahead of a return to Stamford Bridge, but denied being eager for "revenge".

The 34-year-old Sweden striker was sent off in the first half of last season's second leg between the clubs, which saw PSG progress to the quarter-finals on away goals.

Ibrahimovic afterwards called Chelsea players "babies" for their role in his dismissal, believing Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers had been hounded into the decision for a clumsy challenge on Oscar.

"From the last game here I never saw something like that before from mature players like that," Ibrahimovic said.

"It's a new game, let's play different. I never think about revenge and these things.

"Hopefully I will stay on the pitch longer than the last time to have a possibility to do things I'm good at. (But) revenge, absolutely not. What happened in the past happened in the past."

Qatar move is an option, admits Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is keeping his options open with his contract up next summer. Credit: PA

Paris Saint-Germain star Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a free agent next summer and admits he has not ruled out a lucrative move to Qatar.

My current situation is new to me. I have an expiring contract and that is a new experience. I am free to do what I want.

I am focused on PSG for now. I still have six months to go on my current contract and I want to give my best for the team. I do not have a next destination in mind.

A move to Qatar? I have a good relationship with [PSG president] Nasser Al-Khelaifi and with the people of Qatar, but I cannot say anything at this stage. Let's just say that a move to Qatar is an option.

I am enjoying my football at the moment and I'm feeling well both mentally and physically. I am enjoying myself each game. We will see what happens.

– Ibrahimovic speaking to L'Equipe

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.

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