Raiola: Ibrahimovic not leaving PSG

Ibrahimovic was hit with the ban after making insulting comments about the standard of refeering in the French game followin following PSG's 3-2 loss to Bordeaux on March 16. 

Many French politicians, including Marine Le Pen and Prime Minister Manuel Valls, expressed their disgust at Ibrahimovic's comments and criticised him for it. 

However, Raiola reiterated that the 33-year-old Swede is not going anywhere. 

"Zlatan feels very good in France, in Paris. There is no problem with this country, nor with the French people," he told France Football. "But he thinks the championship must improve, that French football has to be professionalised at all levels, the Federation too.

"He thinks the French system isn't up to the standards of modern football. If you can't say that, then…

"He won't leave France because of this suspension. It's not that which will make him leave.

"He's much stronger than that. He has fought all his life against people who don't know him and want to judge him.

"He always says, 'Only God can judge me'. He will perhaps become even more of a warrior, because the more you make war on Zlatan, the more Zlatan will make war."

Raiola admitted that he was outraged when Ibrahimovic had been slapped with a four-game ban.  He added that if a different player had made the same comments, he would only be banned for one game. 

"I'm disgusted [about the ban]," he said. "It's not fair, but I'm not surprised. I had said that Zlatan would get a four, five or even six-game ban.

"If it had been a normal player, it would have been one match maximum.

"But because he's an extra-terrestrial, he gets four. Those are the problems of a judicial system which is not transparent in the federations. Moreover, Zlatan apologised."

However, media outlets in Sweden recently reported that Ibrahimovic had been spotted at the U.S. embassy in Paris, where he was looking to obtain a work permit. 

This has already sparked a lot of speculation about whether Ibrahimovic is plotting to join a Major League Soccer franchise.

When asked about this, Raiola said: "Zlatan has been the most fundamental player in the Paris project. And that's still the case. Zlatan cannot be on the transfer market. There's no need to ask me that. It's ridiculous.

"It's not true. It's a load of rubbish. If you want to work or play in the US, it's not you who'll go to the embassy to ask for a work permit, it's the club who'll take care of it. Zlatan has a contract with PSG. But you know, everyone has to write something about Zlatan."

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