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Zlatan Ibrahimovic jokes that he will stay at PSG if his statue replaces the Eiffel Tower

Published 13/03/2016 | 20:30

PSG's Zlatan Ibrahimovic smiles after PSG won the French league title, during their League One soccer match against Troyes
PSG's Zlatan Ibrahimovic smiles after PSG won the French league title, during their League One soccer match against Troyes

Zlatan Ibrahimovic says as things stand he will leave Paris St Germain at the end of the season, joking he will only stay if the club replace the Eiffel Tower with a statue of him.

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The 34-year-old was quizzed on his future after scoring four goals as Laurent Blanc's side stormed to a 9-0 rout at Troyes to wrap up a fourth straight Ligue 1 title with eight games to spare.

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi said after the match he remained hopeful of keeping the Sweden striker, whose deal runs out at the end of the campaign.

But Ibrahimovic, who has been linked with a move to a number of clubs including Manchester United, looks to have his mind set on leaving the Parc des Princes - unless there are some serious structural changes on the Champ de Mars.

"I always had a good relationship with the fans," he told beIN Sport. "With the club, they always took care of me. I have always had good relationship with everyone. This is not in question.

"But, for now, I will not be at PSG next season. I have one-and-a-half months left on my contract here. I will enjoy while I'm still here. What will happen next year, I do not know, but for now, I will not be here."

He joked: "I do not think they can change the Eiffel Tower by my statue, so... Even the leaders of the club cannot, I think. But if they can, I'll stay here, I promise."

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