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Zlatan ‘snubs’ Swedish king’s Paris banquet

Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic has turned down an invitation to dine with Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and France's President Francois Hollande on Tuesday night, according to reports in the French media.

Zlatan 'snubs' Swedish king's Paris banquet
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has snubbed an invitation to dine with the Swedish king and François Hollande. Allegedly.Photo: AFP
Sweden's top scoring footballer of all time currently plays for French side Paris Saint-Germain and he is still expected to meet with Sweden's King as well as Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden when they visit the PSG foundation, which finances sporting projects for young people from socially deprived areas of France.
 
But the star striker is said to have declined the opportunity to dine with the country's leading royal couple as well as President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace – the official residence of the President of the French Republic since 1848. 
 
According to French newspaper L'Equipe, Zlatan wants to recharge his batteries ahead of a match against Lille on Wednesday evening.
 
He will be missing out on several courses of French food and fine wine during the state banquet, which gets underway at 8pm.
 
Paris Saint-Germain are currently second in the French league, just one point behind Marseille. On Saturday they will meet Nantes and are set to take on FC Barcelona on the following Wednesday.
 
 
Sweden's King and Queen will be in France from December 2nd – 4th as part of an official state visit.
 
They will also be meeting French business leaders and economists, attending a conference on climate and energy issue and travelling to the city of Toulouse, France's hub for aerospace research.
 
by Maddy Savage/The Local Sweden

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‘Legend’ Zlatan Ibrahimovic announces he will leave PSG

Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced on Friday that he would be leaving PSG at the end of the season.

'Legend' Zlatan Ibrahimovic announces he will leave PSG
Photo: Thibault Camus/TT

The giant striker announced his departure from PSG on Twitter in true Ibrahimovic style. 

'My last game tomorrow at Parc des Princes. I came like a king, left like a legend,” he wrote on his Twitter account in English, a sign that despite after four years in the French capital he didn't quite pick up the local lingo.

 

In a later statement PSG said: “After discussions between Paris Saint-Germain and the agent of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the club and the player have mutually decided not to renew his contract.

“They have also agreed that once his playing career is over, Ibra will join the management of the club in a position of responsability.”

In the meantime, Ibrahimovic will make his French swansong as a player when he turns out for Sweden at Euro 2016 in June.

Ibrahimovic, who once said Paris should replace the Eiffel Tower with a statue of himself,  won four consecutive league titles with PSG, as well as three League Cups. 

But both he and the club came up short in their bid to be crowned champions of Europe.

There had been speculation about whether he would remain in Paris for one further season in the hope he could get his hands on the elusive Champions League trophy.

But in the end Ibrahimovic, who spent four years at Paris after signing from Milan, has decided the time is right to walk away.

There have been rumours he is set to join LA Galaxy in the US Major League Soccer, while reports also linked hil to a move to England's Premier League or his former Club AC Milan. 

His last game at the home of PSG will be against Nantes on Saturday, although he will be expected to feature in the French cup final between PSG and Marseille at the national Stade de France stadium on May 21st.

He leaves with a healthy trophy haul but also having become the top scorer in the club's history in just four years and recently was crowned the best player in Ligue 1 for the third time in four years.

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Photo: AFP