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PSG president wants lengthy ban for Brandao

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Brandao and Motta challenge for the ball in March 2014. Credit: PA

Paris St Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has called for Bastia forward Brandao to be banned for life after he appeared to headbutt Thiago Motta in the tunnel following PSG's 2-0 win at the Parc des Princes on Saturday.

"This is very serious," he said. "It cannot be overlooked. It gives football a very bad image. I hope the Bastia player who did this will be very seriously punished. It is a landmark moment and requires a heavy penalty. This is not football.

"Our role is to protect the players, and when Thiago Motta is attacked like this, we must act. I am very upset."

Zlatan eyes retirement

Zlatan Ibrahimovic expects to finish his career after his contract at Paris St Germain ends in two years' time.

The Sweden striker is in his third season with the capital club and is under contract for a fourth, after which he feels the time may be right for him to take his leave of the world stage.

I have a contract until 2016.

I will be 34 next season and I don't see myself continuing to play at the top level after that. So probably the answer is yes.

– Zlatan Ibrahimovic speaking to ESPN

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David Luiz "privileged" to join PSG

David Luiz is ready to put his World Cup nightmare behind him by helping Paris St Germain make a push for the Champions League trophy.

Luiz has had time to "digest" the fall-out from that embarrassing night in Belo Horizonte and is now keen to help PSG in their double aim of winning a third straight league title and claiming the European Cup for the very first time.

If the World Cup had finished at the quarter-final stage then you wouldn't be asking questions about my ability.

I've had time to digest the end of our World Cup and now I'm ready to do everything to help PSG.

I feel privileged. I'm part of a fantastic team in which everyone has something to teach me. It's wonderful to be part of this project.

I am very happy to have joined a big club and I'm just eager to start playing.

– PSG defender David Luiz

Cavani happy in Paris

Paris St Germain striker Edinson Cavani has insisted he is happy at the club despite reports suggesting he had asked to leave this summer.

I am sure to stay, why would I not?

I'm well in Paris. I have a contract to honour. I'm calm, I'd rather be here. I feel good here. However, I know it does not depend solely on the player but also on the club.

There were some small issues about the position I wanted to play but I feel very good about that now.

– Edinson Cavani speaking to L'Equipe

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Bastia sign Areola on loan from PSG

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Alphonse Areola. Credit: PA

Bastia have signed France Under-21 international goalkeeper Alphonse Areola on loan from Ligue 1 champions Paris St Germain.

Areola has had few opportunities to impress at the Parc des Princes but played 35 matches to help Lens gain promotion to the top flight last season.

He will again go out on loan this term, with the Corsican club confirming they had snapped up the 21-year-old, although the length of the deal was not mentioned.

PSG complete Luiz signing with five-year deal

David Luiz will hope to arrive in France a World Cup winner. Credit: TT News Agency/Press Association Images

Paris Saint-Germain have announced the signing of Brazil defender David Luiz from Chelsea.

The 27-year-old will join the French champions following the World Cup, where he played in Thursday night's opener against Croatia in Sao Paulo.

A statement on the French club's website, www.psg.fr, read: "Paris Saint-Germain are pleased to announce that for a period of five years Brazilian international David Luiz has moved from Chelsea FC.

"He will join the group after the World Cup."

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