ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC SET TO LEAVE PSG THIS SUMMER

Swede star player, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to leave the French outfit Paris St-Germain this summer.


The player has been heavily linked with a move to Los Angeles Galaxy. The 34-year-old Sweden striker’s contract with the French champions expires in the summer, and he has been linked with Manchester United, Los Angeles Galaxy and AC Milan.

The player used popular social media website, Twitter. He posted via his personal handle:

“I am very proud.

“I came like a king, I leave like a legend but I will be back.”

Few minutes later, the club’s official handle replied saying they wished him the best. PSG said Ibrahimovic leaves as “the greatest striker and one of the very best players in the club’s history.” Ibrahimovic is the club’s record goal scorer despite only joining the club in 2012, his 152 goals coming in 178 appearances. PSG have won Ligue 1 in every season Ibrahimovic has been at the club, wrapping up the title this season with two months to spare.

The player said:

“I loved every day I spent here.”

Ibrahimovic has won league titles with six different clubs added:

LVG: ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC IS TOO OLD

Head coach of Manchester United, Louis Van Gaal, says Paris Saint Germain striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is too old for his squad. The embattled coach spoke in an interview with the Swedish TV station Viasat. He said while he would not completely rule out the striker, he is a bit reluctant because of his age.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored 30 goals in the French Ligue 1 this season for his club in 26 matches. The 34-year-old centre Swedish forward has also scored five champions league goals in nine matches this season for The Red and Blue.

LVG described the performance of Ibrahimovic this season “unbelievable.” The huge striker would be out of his current contract with the French giants during this summer. The amazing talent has been linked with to a number of Premier League teams including Manchester United.

LVG pointed out to several players above 30 that have left since he took over at Old Trafford. His team were ridiculed by second place Tottenham this weekend. The Spurs defeated The Red Devils by 3-0 in a stunning second half display by Eric Lamela. Manchester united were hoping to win so they could put pressure on Manchester City that are ahead of them in fourth place by a point.

On Ibrahimovic, LVG said: “I like [our] own youth players more because they already know the culture in Manchester United, and that is also the philosophy for example of Ajax or Barcelona and also Bayern Munich.”

Real Madrid and Rafael Benitez need points and they need them fast

Real Madrid’s start of the 2015-16 season is certainly not a memorable one as they had to settle with a goal-less draw against Sporting Gijon and have already started to drop points and they need to bounce back from this early struggle in order to not stay too far behind from their rivals Barcelona who have already taken the lead.

Toni Kroos, Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez and all of the star players of Real Madrid played in this match with the exception of Karim Benzema who was going through a recovery process after having picked up an injury.

When the match was over, the scoreboard displayed 0-0 as neither side managed to score a single goal but this lifeless score did not accurately reflect what had occurred in the pitch as Real Madrid dominated the game from start till the end.

67% of possession was enjoyed and controlled by Real Madrid and the team of Rafael Benitez had the upper hand in everything else. The visiting team launched 8 shots on target meanwhile Sporting Gijon did not have a single shot that was threatening or on target at all.

Real Madrid completed 555 passes while Sporting Gijon delivered less than half with 205 passes.

Sporting Gijon played the match of their lives; they performed like if this game could have been the decisive factor between winning a major title and losing it. There is no doubt that the home team truly deserved the draw but more importantly than the draw is the point that they collected.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has claimed that he would be open to the possibility of joining Bayern Munich

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has claimed that he would be open to the possibility of joining Bayern Munich.

There are already a lot of transfer speculation surrounding the 33-year-old, who is one of the flag bearers for Paris St Germain. Since his move to the French capital, PSG have become a major force in world football. The presence of such an enigmatic and world-class striker alone has helped the club attract other top names like Lucas and Edinson Cavani. However, the journey with PSG may be coming to an end for Ibrahimovic, who has been in talks with AC Milan over a potential return to the San Siro.

The big Swede could possibly be looking at his final major move in his career. He has already played for a lengthy list of top clubs including Barcelona, Juventus, and AC Milan. He has also covered three major European leagues during this period. While a potential move to the Premier league has been an ever present rumour, there are suggestions that Bayern Munich could come in for the striker. Robert Lewandowski is the recognised forward at the Allianz Arena. Even though Bayern Munich are coached by Guardiola – with whom Ibrahimovic have had a major fallout, the forward has confirmed that he would be open to the German club.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic a Superstar and a Ruthless Person

Zlatan Ibrahimovic can be very, very ruthless at times. Of course he is a superstar, probably the biggest one playing in France. Still, the way he talks sometimes, it’s not likeable.

But, he is that way only. He is the same with the opposing players on the pitch, the same with the match officials and the same with the media people.

You just don’t want to upset the guy; otherwise, there is a very high possibility that you would find yourself being caught in an embarrassing situation.

Luis Enrique credited Zlatan as most Dangerous Player

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has credited Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the most dangerous player that the Catalan outfit have to be warned about when they take on Paris St Germain in the Champions League group stages.

Ibrahimovic has already hurt Barcelona on more than one occasion since leaving the club after just one season. The big Swede has struggled with injury problems this season, but he seems to be fit and ready going into this encounter. PSG need only a draw in order to finish top of the group, which should provide them an easier draw in the last 16 round.

The 33-year-old has immense experience to ensure that Paris St Germain have enough possession in the other half of the pitch so that Barcelona do not hurt them with the incredible quality that they possess through the form of Lionel Messi and Neymar. Enrique says that should Ibrahimovic player his normal level, he will pose an imposing challenge for the Barcelona defenders. Defending has not been always Barcelona’s greatest strengths and this has been exposed many times this season. After a disappointing Champions League campaign last season under Gerardo Martino, Luis Enrique will be aware that Barcelona need to top the group at any cost.

“We are talking about a top player. If he is at his normal level he is very difficult to stop.I always like to transmit to the team the idea that we defend as a unit. If we manage to work collectively and work in a block and pressure well then the ball won’t get through to Ibra. And if the ball doesn’t get through to Ibra then his effectiveness is reduced.But as he showed against Ajax at any moment he is capable of scoring and of deciding a match,” said the Barcelona manager.

Okaka thinks Balotelli should have been successful

Stefano Okaka, the Italian striker, reckons that his countryman Mario Balotelli could have been hugely successful at his previous club AC Milan if he had been as matured as Zatan Ibrahimovic.

Balotelli played for Milan for one and half seasons, while, Ibrahimovic was there for a slightly longer period i.e. for two seasons.

There’s not much difference between the strike rates of these two players at Milan, but, still, Okaka considers one as a success, while, the other one as a failure.

Speaking in one of his interviews recently, Okaka said, “I don’t think Mario managed to do as well as he could have here in Italy and his temperament is the reason for that.”

“Look at somebody like Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He had also come to Milan with big reputation, but, he was extremely calm during his time. He never tried to put blame on anyone for anything. He just played his game and scored a lot of goals.”

“Mario, on the other hand, was very different. He never introspects. You will always find him blaming others. I mean he is a fantastic talent no doubt and he might find that old spark at Liverpool, but, at Milan, he could have done much better.”

Ibrahimovic was actually placed on loan to Milan during the 2010-11 Season by his then parent club Barcelona and the Sweden international fired in 14 goals for the Rossoneri to earn a permanent contract the next summer.

The 32-year old was even more successful in 2011-12 striking at a rate of almost 1 goal per match in the Italian top tier.

However, that proved to be Ibrahimovic’s last season at Milan as he moved to the French club Paris Saint Germain in July 2012. He cost PSG 20 million Euros.

Ibrahimovic Hints At MLS Possibility

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hinted that he might join the MLS if he gets the chance in future.

Ibrahimovic’s national side Sweden couldn’t qualify for the World Cup Finals in Brazil. So, the striker is currently free and he is using his leisure time watching MLS.

In one of his recent interviews, when Ibrahimovic was asked what he would do if he gets an offer from one of the MLS clubs, he said, “I would give it a thought surely. I have heard a lot of good things about the league in USA. One of my closest mates Thierry Henry plays in that league and he has been having a fabulous time.”

Although Ibrahimovic has said in the past that he would be happy if his career gets over at Paris Saint-Germain only, the above statement made by him suggests that he would not mind giving MLS a go in the latter stages of his career.

Ibrahimovic would have been in Brazil presently playing in the World Cup if his team Sweden had got better of Portugal in the last qualifying round.

But, that didn’t happen. Portugal won by a profound margin which left Ibrahimovic deeply hurt.

When asked how it feels watching the World Cup from outside, the Sweden international said, “It doesn’t feel good if you are a player and you have missed to qualify by a slender margin. I am still hurting. I wanted to win matches for my country at the biggest stage.”

Ibrahimovic’s stats at the international level are just superb. He has made 98 appearances for Sweden till now and has found the back of the net 48 times.

The striker played his first match for Sweden more than 13 years back i.e. in January, 2001.

Ibrahimovic Close To Match Fitness

The Paris Saint Germain’s fans would be happy to know that the premier striker of the team, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, is very close to achieving 100% fitness and in about a week’s time, he would be ready to get back in action. It means that he should be seen on the ground featuring for PSG in their next league encounter against Stade Rennes which is going to be played on 7th of May.

Ibrahimovic had been in great rhythm before getting injured a few weeks back while playing in a Champions League match. He has already had 25 goals under his belt this season.

Talking about Ibrahimovic’s fitness, the head of the medical staff of PSG, Mr. Eric Rolland, said, “He is getting there pretty quickly. He has run a fair bit in the last couple of days and I believe by the end of the next week, he would be available for selection.”

PSG has definitely suffered in the absence of the Sweden international as they have been beaten in a couple of games of late. They are yet to secure the league title victory. However, that’s only a formality now as 3 points would seal that for them.

Les Parisiens have played a total of 35 matches in the Ligue 1 this season out of which they have won 25, have lost only 2 and the remaining 8 have been draws. They are sitting at the top of the table right now quite comfortably with 83 points and a goal differential of + 56. The team at no. 2 is AS Monaco and their points’ tally reads only 75.

PSG has to play 2 out of their remaining 3 league matches on their home ground i.e. the Parc Des Princes.

Terrific Performance

Zlatan ibrahimovic left Paris Saint Germaine on way for the Champions League quarter finals after he scored twice in the match and helped the team to take a 4-0 lead against Bayer leverkusen on Tuesday last 16th.

Leverkusen underwent their third home defeat straightaway as Laurent Blanc’s PSG were hardly ever distressed at the Bay Arena with Ibrahimovic, the planner of the triumph with two goals in three first half minute. Ibrahimovic scored a penalty then added his second goal when he set free a thunderbolt of an attempt to build it 3-0 till break.

The Swedish star scored four goals in the 5-0 rout of RSC Anderlecht in Belgium last October. Ibrahimovic aged about 32 years old replaced Christiano Ronaldo who has erned 10 goals in the six Champion’s League games this season.

Ibrahimovic pointer Emir Spahic was sent back for a second yellow and finally got red card for the last half hour thus reducing Bayer to ten men.

The French leaders took an almost instant lead when Leverseken captain Simon Rolfes lost control in the midfield. As the Ibrahimovic shot was cannoned off Roberto Hilbert’s chest, it could have been 2-0 after ten minutes. Leverseken began to find rhythm after having lost their two games on their home ground.

With just a matter of 60 percent control, it appears only an issue of moment when PSG added a second and Ibrahimovic score two goals in just three minutes.

Ibrahimovic netted the penalty on 39 minutes helping his team to build a lead with an unbelievable shot from just outside the vicinity. The Swedish star rifled a stunning first time shot into the top right corner when Matuidi found Ibrahimovic on the edge of the box.

The hosts luck didn’t recover as Spahic who had already got yellow card, was entered into the match again for holding back left-wing Lucas and was sent off in 59 minutes.