Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United.
The Swede is out of contract at the end of the month and is widely tipped for a reunion with Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.
Yet the 34-year-old made it clear during Sweden’s European Championship game against the Republic of Ireland that he isn’t willing to forget about Paris Saint-German just yet.
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Ibrahimovic will leave the club on June 30 after four brilliant years in the French capital.
And he wore shin pads during the 1-1 draw to remind everyone that he remains a PSG player.
Ibrahimovic's shin pads
Of course, this isn’t the most ground-breaking of stories. The striker remains a PSG player and he adores the club. When his departure was announced, a statement was released confirming Ibrahimovic will return to PSG "in a managerial capacity" when he retires as a player.
Yet it’s interesting that the Swede has made the conscious effort to wear PSG shin pads. That sort of thing is typically reserved for football fans, with players normally wearing their sponsor’s shin pads.
Came a king, left a legend
Ibrahimovic said: “I came like a king, I leave like a legend,” in his brash leaving statement.
“I loved every day I've spent here," he said, per Goal. "Paris Saint-Germain has become a STAR club in the world and I played a key role moving it forward. It is now the right time for me to take a different path.
"I would like to thank my teammates, the technical staff and all the people in the club. My heart is with the fans. They were amazing from the first day I came here. They are the best fans in France.
"It is not a farewell but only an AU REVOIR. I came like a king, I leave like a legend but I will be back."
Mourinho's Champions League pursuit
The former Barcelona and AC Milan player won four French titles and two Coupe de France trophies during his time in Paris. A Champions League winners medal would have been the icing on the cake but PSG reached the quarter-final stage in each of Ibrahimovic’s four seasons.
He’ll have a good chance of getting his hands on the coveted trophy should he join Manchester United. Jose Mourinho is planning a major rebuild of a decaying squad which he kickstarted with the signing of Eric Bailly from Villarreal.
Ibrahimovic could be next, while United have been linked with Paul Pogba, Marco Verratti, Nemanja Matic and N’Golo Kante.
The partnership of Mourinho and Ibrahimovic could be just what United need to end three years of nothingness, victory in this year’s FA Cup aside.
However, the Portuguese will do well to make the striker forget about his days in Paris.
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