Zlatan confirms PSG exit: “I came like a king, left like a legend”

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 34, has announced once and for all he will leave Paris Saint-Germain at the end of this season.

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Ibrahimovic had spoken in the past about not renewing his current deal at PSG beyond the end of this season and in a statement on Friday the powerful striker revealed he is ready for a new chapter in his career.

“I loved every day I spent here,” Ibrahimovic said. “Paris St-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.”

Ibra rolled up in Paris in 2012 and has won four-straight Ligue 1 titles with PSG. He has also scored 152 goals in 178 games for the French champs, leading Ligue 1 as the top goalscorer in each of the last three seasons.

The only competition which eluded Zlatan and his teammates has been the UEFA Champions League where they have failed to make it past the quarterfinal stage in his four seasons in the French capital.

However, there will be a future for Zlatan in Paris as the club announced in a statement on their website that a deal is in place for him to return in a role once his playing days are over.

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Everybody’s immediate thoughts will switch to where he will go next. Zlatan has won league titles with six different teams — Ajax, AC Milan, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus and now PSG — during his illustrious playing career but talk of a move to the Premier League with Manchester United, the LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer or one his former clubs in Italy, AC Milan, is now intensifying.

He will play his final home game at the Parc des Princes on Saturday against Nantes, while his final game for PSG will be the French Cup final on May 21.

In true Zlatan fashion, the Swedish striker announced his decision to leave PSG like this.