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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Reveals He Almost Left PSG in the Summer

GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN - JULY 27:  Zlatan Ibrahimovic of PSG runs with the ball during the pre season friendly match between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain at Ullevi on July 27, 2013 in Gothenburg, Sweden.  (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
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Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistSeptember 26, 2013

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s recent decision to sign a one-year contract extension with Paris Saint-Germain will settle many nerves at the Parc des Princes.

The giant Swede—who joined PSG from AC Milan in 2012—was regularly linked with a return to Serie A during the summer transfer window. With his new deal confirmed, Zlatan has revealed he spoke to other clubs during preseason and considered leaving the French champions.

As reported by Ian Holyman of ESPN, it took a chat with PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi to convince the 31-year-old forward he should stay:

It's true that my agent and I spoke to several clubs but, after meeting the PSG president, I decided to stay here. We reached an agreement.

I'm happy and the club is too. I hope we're going to achieve success together and do something historic.

Ibrahimovic’s indecision during the summer may have been down to a number of Ligue 1 arrivals, both in Paris and further afield.

Edinson Cavani’s transfer to PSG had the potential to step on the toes of a forward who—rather notoriously—is prone to becoming disruptive when he isn't playing the role of team hero.

While Cavani is currently outscoring Ibrahimovic three to two in the domestic league, as reported by Who Scored, the Uruguayan’s hardworking attitude is easing the load of Ibra, who often had to carry PSG to victory last season.

Away from the capital, Radamel Falcao’s shock move to Monaco also endangered Ibrahimovic's status as the biggest star in France. The Colombian forward has notched seven goals in as many games for the provincial club, helping them to the top of Ligue 1 with an impressive unbeaten run.

Laurent Blanc's team are the only other side yet to taste defeat and will be counting on their star man to maintain focus in what looks set to be a tough campaign. With two goals and three assists to his name so far this season, Ibrahimovic's importance continues to galvanise by the week.

Now Zlatan’s future is wrapped up, the charismatic striker can focus on helping his side retain the title that—before last year’s triumph—had eluded them since 1994.


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