Ibrahimovic confirms PSG departure

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has announced he will depart Paris Saint-German at the end of the season after four trophy-laden years in the French capital.

The Sweden international joined Les Parisiens in 2012 from AC Milan and helped his new club win their first league title in 19 years that campaign.

Ibrahimovic and PSG went on to dominate the domestic scene, with the club retaining their top-flight crown for the following three seasons, while the veteran striker was named Ligue 1 Player of the Year for 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2015/16, finishing as top-scorer at the same time.

The 34-year-old has won eight major trophies during his time at Parc des Princes, where he will turn out for the last time as a PSG player on Saturday against Nantes, before returning to the Paris giants in some capacity once he retires.

Ibrahimovic confirmed the news on Twitter, saying: “My last game tomorrow at Parc des Princes. I came like a king, left like a legend.”

A statement from the French champions read: “Following discussions between Paris Saint-Germain and Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s agent, the club and its player have decided mutually not to renew the contract that links both parties until June 30, 2016.

“They agreed as well that once the player ends his active football career he would be back in the club in a managerial capacity.

“Paris Saint-Germain is forever deeply grateful to Zlatan for his amazing four years that made him the greatest striker and one of the very best players in the club’s history.

“Ibra will have widely contributed to transforming Paris Saint-Germain into one of the biggest clubs in Europe.”

Ibrahimovic, who scored 152 goals in 178 games for Laurent Blanc’s side, added: “I loved every day I’ve spent here. Paris Saint-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.

“I would like to thank my team-mates, the technical staff and all the people in the club. My heart is with the fans. They were amazing from the first day I came here. They are the best fans in France.

“It is not a farewell but only an AU REVOIR. I came like a king, I leave like a legend but I will be back.”

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