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Gregory van der Wiel left stadium after heated half-time row with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Gregory van der Wiel left stadium after heated half-time row with Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Sunday appeared to be the perfect day for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who scored four goals over Troyes as Paris Saint-Germain recorded an emphatic 9-0 victory and retained the Ligue 1 title in the process.

However, according to Goal, the world-class striker was involved in a heated argument with his teammate Gregory van der Wiel during the half-time interval.

It’s alleged that Van der Wiel told Ibrahimovic “**** you” - following a row about missed chances in the first half - and subsequently left the stadium at half-time after asking PSG boss Laurent Blanc to substitute him.

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The PSG full-back, who has been filling in for the suspended Serge Aurier over recent weeks, is then understood to have caught a plane to Amsterdam where he remains.

The half-time altercation clearly didn’t affect Zlatan, who netted a nine-minute hat-trick after the break and then added a fourth goal towards the end of the match.

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Zlatan breaks Ligue 1 record

The 34-year-old took his tally to 35 goals for the season with his quadruple against Troyes and became the fastest player to score 100 Ligue 1 goals since Carlos Bianchi.

However, despite adding another league winners’ medal to his extensive collection, Zlatan admitted it’s likely he will leave the Parc des Princes when his contract expires in the summer.

And makes unusual promise to PSG...

But he said he will promise to stay on the small condition that Paris removes the Eiffel Tower and replaced it with a statue of, you guessed it, himself.

"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.

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"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.

"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."

PSG keen to keep Zlatan

However, PSG will not allow their star man to leave the French capital without a fight.

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

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Van der Wiel, meanwhile, must be hoping PSG fail to reach an agreement over a new contract with the veteran centre-forward.

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Manchester United
UEFA Champions League
Paris Saint-Germain
Ligue 1
Football
Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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