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Ibrahimovic on PSG: 'I have no reason to leave'
Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the day he was unveiled at PSG. Could he soon be heading for exit? Photo: Jean-FRancois Beausejour

Ibrahimovic on PSG: 'I have no reason to leave'

Published: 23 Jul 2013 13:56 GMT+02:00
Updated: 23 Jul 2013 13:56 GMT+02:00

Last year Sweden International Zlatan Ibrahimovic was Paris Saint-Germain’s marquee signing but just a year a later his future at the French champions is in doubt.

The main reason for the uncertainty being last week’s record breaking deal to bring Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani to the Parc des Princes for a staggering €64million.

PSG and their oil-rich Qatari owners could probably afford to keep both strikers on their pay roll but Zlatan is unlikely to want to play second fiddle to the Uruguayan.

However this week the striker moved to quell speculation that he was heading for the door.

“I am at Paris and there’s no reason for me to change club. I belong to PSG and I will respect my contract,” he added, in his first interview since returning from holiday.

Ibrahimovic did suggest however he would seek assurances from the club president Nasser al Khelaifi, wo is expected to attend Satuday’s pre-season friendly between PSG and Real Madrid, which will be played Ibra's home country of Sweden.

“I have not yet met with the president, but we need to meet and resolve some details, both big and small,” said Ibrahimovic without divulging what those details could be.

“With the president we talk about everything and often. We often talk about real estate. What we say, stays between us.  What is happening is now, happens every summer with people trying to link me with every club in Europe.

“I am confident because I know what will happen.”

And Ibrahimovic showed no sign of being put out by the arrival of Cavani.

“I have never played with him. We will have to learn and get to know each other. He will have to get to know the team, the city and the fans. He’s a very good acquisition and I welcome him,” said the striker.

After losing coach Carlo Ancelotti and Sporting Director Leonardo already this summer PSG’s success hungry Qatari owners are unlikely to want to lose another big name as they bid to boost the global profile of the club.

But as he has proved in the past however, Ibrahimovic a true journey man of modern football, will almost certainly do what suits him best.

Ben McPartland (ben.mcpartland@thelocal.com)

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