Ibrahimovic seals PSG title and hints at departure


PARIS: Zlatan Ibrahimovic hit four goals to help seal a fourth straight French title for Paris Saint-Germain and then cast doubt on his future at the club.

“For the moment I am not at PSG next year,” the 34-year-old Swedish striker said in comments that will set off alarm bells from the English Premier League to China’s big-paying clubs.

Ibrahimovic was top scorer in a 9-0 trouncing of Troyes on Sunday that sealed the French title in record time with eight games still to go. But celebrations were tainted by Ibrahimovic’s statement after. “I still have a month and a half of competition left. What happens next year, for the moment, I don’t know about it,” he told BeIN Sports.

Ibrahimovic, who arrived in Paris in July 2012 from AC Milan and has been linked with a move to Manchester United, added: “If they replace the Eiffel Tower with a statue of me, I will stay at PSG. “I can promise that!” PSG’s Qatari president Nasser Al-Khelaifi insisted that he wants Ibrahimovic to stay at the club. “Zlatan is magical,” said Al-Khelaifi.

“He is a great player. We are going to talk to him and see what he wants to do. We want him to stay.” On top of contract talks, Paris Saint-Germain are also still in the Champions League and progress in the tournament could also influence Ibrahimovic.

Paris are still in contention for a four-trophy haul with the Champions League, French Cup and French League Cup still to be decided. “The Champions League is our biggest dream,” said the PSG president.

Unlike last season when Paris waited until late March to take over top spot, the capital club have set the pace uninterrupted since beating Gazelec Ajaccio 2-0 in their second game of the campaign. “We’ve worked well. Everyone is to be congratulated, first of all the players, the coaching staff, the medical team, etc,” said coach Laurent Blanc.

“But the season isn’t finished and we’re going to have to get ourselves back in competition mode because there are some important dates coming up in April and hopefully May.” Three goals in six early first-half minutes by Uruguayan Edinson Cavani, Javier Pastore and Adrien Rabiot set PSG on the road to victory at Troyes who seem certain to be relegated.

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