Silva says Premier League move would be “step down” for Zlatan

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic continues to be linked for a Premier League move this summer when his contract expires at Paris Saint-Germain.

While many seem certain Zlatan will end up in England next season, his PSG teammate isn’t sure it would be the right move.

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According to PSG captain Thiago Silva, who also won a Serie A title with Zlatan at AC Milan, a move to the Premier League would be a “step down” for the Swedish striker.

He 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.

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.

Silva is right that at this moment, PSG is stronger than any side in the Premier League. However, the overall quality of England’s top flight is much greater than that of Ligue 1.

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Paris Saint-Germain currently hold a 28-point lead at the top of Ligue 1, having clinched their fourth straight title with eight matches to play. Zlatan is currently the league’s top scorer with 30 goals, 14 more than his nearest competitor.

For Ibrahimovic, a move to the Premier League may be more about the challenge than the quality. Having already won 13 league titles in four different countries, England is one of the last places yet to be conquered by Zlatan.