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Zlatan backtracks after snubbing Swedish king

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has spun on his goal-scoring heels and agreed to meet the Swedish King and Queen for a banquet in Paris, after previously turning down an invitation to dine with the royals.

Zlatan backtracks after snubbing Swedish king
Zlatan will attend the ball after all. Photo: AFP

"Zlatan will be present," Sara Keusen, press officer of the Swedish embassy in Paris told Aftonbladet about the striker's U-turn. 

Ibrahimovic got an early chance to meet King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia on Tuesday afternoon when he welcomed them to PSG's famous stadium the Parc des Princes.

The football superstar plays in the French capital with Paris Saint Germain and had been previously asked to attend a luxury banquet at the Elysée Palace.

Ibrahimovic was due to share the table with French President François Hollande, along with the Swedish royals and numerous other diplomats.

French media reported that Sweden's record goalscorer wasn't keen on donning his tuxedo as he wanted to prepare for PSG's clash with Lille on Wednesday night.

Now it seems that the Zlatan has had a change of heart and will indeed be putting in an appearance at the Parisian bash.

"He's coming. That's the information we have received and we are looking forward to tomorrow," added Sara Keusen. 

Sweden's King and Queen will be in France from December 2nd – 4th as part of an official state visit.  

by Patrick Reilly / 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