Paris Saint-Germain ace Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League this summer, with a host of clubs in contention to sign him.
Ibrahimovic’s contract with the French giants is set to expire in the next two months, although there have been various statements suggesting he could move elsewhere, stay at PSG or could even retire next season.
NO CLUB AT PSG LEVEL
But the Swedish international’s teammate Thiago Silva is of the opinion that moving away from Parc des Princes would be a step down in his career, particularly if his next destination is to the English top flight.
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As reported by the Daily Mirror, ahead of their quarter-final clash against Manchester City, the Brazilian defender said: “He [Zlatan] is my good friend, but also at 34 he is playing the best football of his career. He is one of the best in the world, he is unique, there is not another player like him.”
“Of course I want him to stay at PSG, I cannot imagine us without him.”
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He further disclosed that they are aware of the interest from England but insists no other club can match the ambitions of the French champions.
“I know he has offers from England – and it is a big league – but I don't think there is a team in England that is at the level of PSG at the moment.”
“For me it would be a step down in quality for him.”
TO BE OR NOT TO BE?
Amidst reported offers from Arsenal and Chelsea among many, the 34-year-old revealed his desire to continue playing in the top level and that he would be interested to join Manchester United but only if Louis van Gaal leaves Old Trafford, according to Sky Sports.
There have been talks of Jose Mourinho taking over from the Dutchman, which could persuade the Swede as they share good camaraderie from their time at Inter Milan together.
The Parisians have already wrapped up the title in Ligue 1, securing their fourth straight league triumph and are now entirely focusing on Champions League success.
Manager Laurent Blanc is aiming to take his side to the semi-finals of the competition for the first time since 1995, and sounded out a warning to their Manchester counterparts.
He hailed the genius of Ibrahimovic, deeming him crucial to PSG’s plans and warned the Citizens should be wary of him as the Swedish star is geared up for the challenge.
Blanc said: “I think we’re always surprised when he misses a chance. Despite the fact he missed a few chances[in the first-leg] he still scored for us.”
“He’s someone who wants to play. You look at his stats and he’s normally clinical. I think his conversion rate will much higher on Tuesday, if he gets the same number of chances.”