Paris Saint-Germain’s players have done nothing but celebrate in recent weeks, so L’Equipe’s latest report is rather surprising.
The French daily claim that Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Adrien Rabiot got into a scuffle during a training session and Thiago Silva needed to intervene.
After winning Ligue 1 the and Coupe de la Ligue, it’s been another trophy-filled season for Laurent Blanc’s side. The only blemish is their failure to contend in the Champions League.
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But it’s not their quarter-final exit to Manchester City that caused Ibrahimovic and Rabiot to fight. L’Equipe claim tensions boiled over when the midfielder made just one too many snide comments towards the Swede.
A snippet in the paper reads: “There was an ongoing tension, Rabiot was teasing Ibrahimovic as he usually does. The Swede didn’t respond well this time, and the argument soon escalated both verbally and physically.”
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Silva, PSG’s captain, quickly got in the way before things got entirely out of hand.
Perhaps Ibrahimovic is just missing Las Vegas.
The Sweden international was snapped in Sin City over the weekend, celebrating with Marco Verratti and Javier Pastore after PSG won their third-successive French cup in a hard-fought 2-1 win over Lille.
The win might have just saved Blanc’s job. The former Manchester United defender has been unable to take his team beyond the Champions League quarter-final in any of his three seasons in charge, despite the huge transfer kitty made available to him by the club’s wealthy Qatari owners. As a result, his position appeared to be under serious threat.
But PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi offered his reassurances after the cup final, saying: “The contract was extended for two years [in February], he will stay with us next year," per Sky Sports.
Yet Ibrahimovic might not stick around.
Premier League interest
The striker’s contract expires at the end of the season and as yet no arrangements have been made with his current club.
Manchester United have been linked with his signature and, according to the player himself, they aren’t the only Premier League side to make contact.
“I have had lots of offers from English clubs,” Ibrahimovic said earlier this month, per The Guardian. “I have won a lot of trophies but I still want to win a lot more. I want to do it wherever I can.”
At the age of 34, there are doubts whether Ibrahimovic can cut it in the physically-demanding Premier League. But his national team manager Erik Hamren, who watched Ibrahimovic put four past England in 2012, thinks those doubts should be put to bed.
“If Zlatan is motivated mentally, then he can stay at the top for several more years," Hamren told Reuters, per Sky Sports.
“One of the things that impresses me most about Zlatan is that he always wants to get better, and that is why he has been so good for so long, improving every year, even though he's over 30."