Paris - Zlatan Ibrahimovic confirmed on Friday that he will leave Paris
Saint-Germain at the end of this season, but the French champions said
the Swedish star will eventually return in a "management" role.
last game tomorrow at Parc des Princes. I came like a king, left like a
legend," wrote Ibrahimovic, ending speculation that he could extend his
contract with PSG beyond this season.
existing deal expires on June 30, will make his final home appearance
for the club in their last Ligue 1 game of the season against Nantes on
However, he will then run out in a PSG shirt one more
time when they face Marseille in the French Cup final on May 21 at the
Stade de France.
"After discussions between Paris Saint-Germain
and the agent of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the club and the player have
mutually decided not to renew his contract," PSG said.
also agreed that once his playing career is over, Ibra will join the
management of the club in a position of responsibility."
In the meantime, Ibrahimovic will make his French swansong as a player when he turns out for Sweden at Euro 2016 in June.
has been widespread speculation about the 34-year-old former Ajax,
Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona and AC Milan star's next destination.
has been linked with a move to the English Premier League, while his
agent recently suggested he could return to AC Milan and Major League
Soccer is another potential destination.
Ibrahimovic, who last
weekend was crowned France's player of the year for a record third time,
has enjoyed enormous domestic success with PSG since moving to the
French capital from Milan in 2012, winning the Ligue 1 title in each of
his four seasons.
If Paris win the French Cup next week, they will
have completed a clean sweep of the domestic honours for the second
year running and Ibrahimovic will have won 12 trophies with the club.
"I am very proud of the last four years. I have loved every day I have spent here," Ibrahimovic said.
"PSG has become a star club internationally and I have played a major part in that transformation.
"The time has now come for me to take a different path.
"This is not a farewell but simply a goodbye for now. I came here like a king and leave as a legend. But I will come back!"
scored his 36th league goal of the season in Wednesday's 1-1 draw at
Bordeaux, leaving him just one away from equalling Argentine striker
Carlos Bianchi's club record of 37 in a top-flight campaign, set back in
He has 46 in all competitions and has 152 goals in total as
a PSG player in 178 appearances, having overtaken Portuguese great
Pauleta as the club's all-time leading scorer back in October.
has also become the club's all-time leading scorer in the league and in
Europe, but he never managed to reproduce his brilliant domestic form
in the Champions League.
The Swede performed poorly in PSG's
quarter-final exit to Manchester City last month, missing a penalty in
the 2-2 first-leg draw at the Parc des Princes before Paris went out 3-2
In Paris speculation will now turn to who PSG will sign to replace their talisman.
have in the past been linked with moves for Real Madrid and Portugal
superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona's Brazil forward Neymar.
moves for these two players would be extremely complex and costly, and a
report in sports daily L'Equipe on Friday indicated that the
Qatar-owned club will instead turn their attentions to Antoine
The Atletico Madrid striker, who on Thursday was named
in France's Euro 2016 squad, would cost in the region of 70 million
euros, L'Equipe said.