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Zlatan Ibrahimovic will stay as PSG if his statue replaces Eiffel Tower.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will stay at PSG if his statue replaces Eiffel Tower

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored four goals, including a nine-minute hat-trick, as Paris Saint-Germain beat Troyes 9-0 and retained the Ligue 1 title on Sunday afternoon - but the Sweden international has admitted he could leave the Parc des Princes this summer.

Ibrahimovic is yet to agree a contract extension with the French champions, amid speculation that he could join a Premier League club in time for the 2016-17 campaign.

However, Zlatan confirmed that he will agree to stay at PSG on one condition: if they change the Eiffel Tower for a statue of, you guessed it, Zlatan himself.

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"I always had a good relationship with the fans," the 34-year-old was quoted as telling beIN Sports by ESPN. "With the club, they always took care of me. "I have always had great relationship with everybody, no question about it. But, for the moment, I am not in PSG next year.

"I have one-and-a-half months to stay here. I will enjoy while I'm still here. What happens next year, I don't know but for the moment I will not be here."

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"I don't believe they can change the Eiffel Tower for my statue, so... Even the people behind the club. But if they can, I will stay here, I promise you."

Even by Zlatan’s standards, that’s quite an extravagant demand. But it’s important to note, for those who believe the charismatic striker was being deadly serious, that this was a tongue-in-cheek comment.

Zlatan breaks Ligue 1 record

His four-goal haul against Troyes means the powerful Swede has now scored a hugely impressive 35 goals in 38 matches this season.

He also became the fastest player to score 100 Ligue 1 goals - he now has 102 to his name - beating the record of Carlos Bianchi.

Several English clubs are understood to be interested in securing Zlatan’s services this summer - including Manchester United, Arsenal and West Ham - but PSG are expected to pull out all the stops to keep their prized asset in Paris.

"Paris is magic. Ibra is magic. We want Zlatan to stay," PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi was also quoted as telling beIN Sports. "We will speak with him."

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PSG can't afford to let Zlatan leave

Zlatan, who turns 35 in October, has demonstrated over the course of this season that he’s still at the peak of his powers - despite his advancing years.

It would come as no surprise if he scored 30-plus goals for a sixth successive season next term and PSG will be acutely aware that replacing his goals and commercial appeal will be virtually impossible.

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Instead of a statue in place of the Eiffel Tower, an improved contract offer could persuade Zlatan to stay put.

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