Zlatan Ibrahimovic has confirmed he will leave Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at the end of the season. Ibrahimovic, who was recently named France’s Player of the Year for a record third time on Sunday, is out of contract this summer and his next destination has long been the subject of speculation.
Putting an end to the speculations, the striker took to his official twitter handle to confirm the news of his departure. He wrote: “My last game tomorrow (Saturday May 14) at Parc des Princes. I came like a king, left like a legend.”
Also in a statement on PSG’s website, he said:
“I am very proud of the last four years. I loved every day I spent here. PSG has become a star club internationally 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.”
Ibrahimovic’s existing deal expires on June 30, and he will make his final home appearance for the club in their last Ligue 1 game of the season against Nantes on Saturday – but the French champions said he would eventually return in a “management” role.
The CEO and President of PSG, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, paid tribute to the departing striker, whom the club confirmed had agreed that once his playing career was over, would join the management in a position of responsibility.
“I am extremely proud of having welcomed Ibra in Paris and I’m now looking forward to the prospect of working with him again when he finishes his career. He will always be home at Paris Saint-Germain,” Al-Khelaifi said.