Zlatan Ibrahimovic Reveals Retirement Plan as PSG Contract Ticks Down

Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistAugust 14, 2014

HONG KONG - JULY 29:  Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Paris Saint-Germain looks on during the friendly match between Kitchee and Paris Saint-Germain at Hong Kong Stadium on July 29, 2014 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong.  (Photo by Victor Fraile/Getty Images)
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Paris Saint-Germain star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed he intends to finish his career at the Ligue 1 side, most likely when his current contract expires in 2016.

The Swedish striker turns 33 in October, and when asked when and where he would end his career, he suggested it would be in the French capital, per ESPN FC's Julien Laurens:

I have a contract until 2016. I will be 34 next season and I don't see myself continuing to play at the top level after that. So probably the answer is yes.

Ibrahimovic has played at a number of top clubs during an illustrious—and sometimes controversial—career, including Barcelona, Juventus and both AC and Inter Milan.

He moved to Paris in 2012, one of the early marquee signings after PSG were bought by Qatar Sports Investments in 2011 as the club looked to contest at the top of European football.

Ibrahimovic has won consecutive Ligue 1 titles with the club and been the league's top scorer in both seasons.

However, PSG have failed to make it past the quarter-finals of the Champions League in the last two seasons, losing on away goals to Chelsea in 2014 and Barcelona the previous year.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 08:  Head Coach Laurent Blanc of PSG looks on during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain FC at Stamford Bridge on April 8, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt
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But Ibrahimovic believes this could be the year that PSG get past the last eight, and he insists his side have the quality to win Europe's premier club competition in the coming season, again per Laurens:

I think we can win it. We have a good opportunity. This team is made to play in good tournaments. You need to work hard and to have a bit of luck with you. In the key moments, you need to have the small details on your side. I think we have that in our team now. We have more experience too, especially after last season. So we can do it.

Indeed, the Ligue 1 champions were desperately close to making the last four last season, with a late Demba Ba goal denying them progression. 

They have added greater strength to their defence for the upcoming season with the £50 million signing of centre-back David Luiz and loan deal for highly rated Toulouse right-back Serge Aurier.

However, skipper and talismanic central-back Thiago Silva recently picked up an injury that will see him miss out on much of the early-season action, per Ligue 1 journalist Jonathan Johnson:

Though Luiz is a fine player, his defensive capabilities are not the best, and he will likely suffer without Silva alongside him, as he did at the World Cup when Brazil were trounced 7-1 by Germany in the semi-finals, per Eurosport's Tom Adams:

But with Ibrahimovic in the side, PSG will always be in with a chance, and he has already shown his continued importance with two goals in their opening Ligue 1 encounter in a mixed performance, per Johnson:

The Swede has been a constant source of entertainment for football fans around the world with some incredible goals throughout his illustrious career, and it is difficult to imagine the game without him.

That reality is drawing closer but he is not done yet. He has won league titles in four different countries but never claimed the Champions League. It would be fitting if he could inspire PSG to a famous European triumph before he calls time on his playing days.