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Zlatan Ibrahimovic jokes he will stay at PSG ‘if they replace Eiffel Tower with my statue’

'I will not be at PSG next season,' said the Sweden striker after scoring four of his side's nine goals in a rout of Troyes that secured the Ligue 1 title on Sunday. 'What will happen next year, I do not know.'
Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic reacts after PSG defeated Troyes in their French Ligue 1 football match on March 13, 2016 at the Aube Stadium in Troyes. Paris Saint-Germain clinched a fourth consecutive Ligue 1 title in record time on March 13 after defeating Troyes, obliterating a new French record for the quickest league victory with eight games to spare before the end of the L1 championships. PHOTO AFP / FRANCOIS NASCIMBENI
Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic reacts after PSG defeated Troyes in their French Ligue 1 football match on March 13, 2016 at the Aube Stadium in Troyes. Paris Saint-Germain clinched a fourth consecutive Ligue 1 title in record time on March 13 after defeating Troyes, obliterating a new French record for the quickest league victory with eight games to spare before the end of the L1 championships. PHOTO AFP / FRANCOIS NASCIMBENI

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

The 34-year-old striker 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.

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But Ibrahimovic, who has been linked with a move to several 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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Published: March 14, 2016 04:00 AM

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