Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is to be offered the opportunity to stay on at PSG when he retires from football in a sporting director capacity, according to widespread reports in France.
Ibrahimovic, who is under contract at PSG until 2016 has ended a largely successful 2013-14 season with a French league title as well as adding the French Cup and League Cup, in addition to coming top of the goal scorer charts for the second successive season with 26 goals.
The Swedish international’s success on the French domestic stage was tempered with progress to make any sort of meaningful progress in the Champions League, as well as coming tantalisingly close to going to the World Cup with Sweden.
Ibrahimovic, who joined Paris St Germain from Italian club AC Milan is said to be enjoying his time in Paris immensely, and will be looking to see out his contract with the Parisian club.
Paris St Germain president Nasser Al Khelalfi was effusive in his praise for the maverick Swede, saying that Ibrahimovic would become one of the best sporting directors in the world, speaking to French radio station RTL Radio: "I spoke to Zlatan so that he'll stay with us when he finishes his playing career and becomes sporting director.
"If he does that he'll become the best sporting director in the world. He's got a big personality and everybody respects him.
"I appreciate the professional that is Zlatan, the man that is Zlatan. He's very, very funny. I want to keep some former players when they stop, for example Zoumana Camara is somebody I would like to keep with us."
Sporting director, otherwise known as director of football is a senior management role favoured by a vast array of clubs on the continent, with roles varying from club-to-club, although a sporting director is commonly seen as bridging the gap between a manager and the board of a club.
As with the majority of clubs in Europe, Paris St Germain are no stranger to having a sporting director, with ex-Brazilian international and PSG midfielder Leonardo a previous incumbent of the role, bringing in players such as Javier Pastore, Thiago Motta, Salvatore Sirigu and Jeremy Menez, as well as being behind the appointment of friend Carlo Ancelotti to the head coach role at PSG.
Despite relative success as, Leonardo was forced into resigning from his role in July 2013 after controversially pushing referee Alexandre Castro after PSG’s draw with Valenciennes, which saw Thiago Silva sent off, which saw him initially earn a nine-month ban, which was then extended to 13 months.
Prone to courting controversy on numerous occasions, Ibrahimovic, who has recently launched a marketing campaign with Nike known as ‘Dare to Zlatan’ as well as featuring in Nike’s recent World Cup ad campaign would be a major draw for the French club, with his popularity sure to be a draw to potential players and managers alike.
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