Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has increased speculation over his future, insisting he could walk away from football for good despite links to the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal.
According to Daniel Prescott and Dan Francis of the Daily Mail, the Premier League duo—as well as Chelsea and West Ham United—are interested in the maverick forward, who revealed he has received offers from England with his current deal in the French capital to expire at the end of the season.
However, speaking with Sweden’s TV4 (h/t David Amoyal translating for GianlucaDiMarzio.com) the 34-year-old has said he could hang up his boots.
"Next summer I could quit playing," said the PSG star. "Nobody has thought about it, but when you leave the game of football at the top people will really remember your last years well."
Ibrahimovic also insisted he’s clear in which path he’s going to take. "We'll see how things go, I've made a decision now on my future, and it will be positive," he added.
Despite his advancing years, the striker remains one of the most dangerous operators in world football. Here is a highlights reel from what’s been another campaign to remember for the PSG man:
If he were to retire, it’d be a surprise, but when it comes to this remarkable footballer, it’s tough to rule anything out.
Ibrahimovic would be going out at the peak of his powers. As a player who has never been reliant on speed, he’s got better and better as his career has moved on, with the Ligue 1 side enjoying the best years of his career.
The Swede’s goals propelled PSG to another league title this term and pushed them into the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League. On the international stage, he also continues to thrive, as ESPN’s Paul Carr noted with this statistic:
Most international goals by active players:— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) March 26, 2016
67 Robbie Keane
62 Zlatan Ibrahimovic
60 Carlos Ruiz
Ibrahimovic could look at this campaign as an ideal time to end his career, especially if PSG can go all the way in the Champions League. Additionally, he’s enjoyed further domestic success and will represent his country at a major tournament this summer, something that will mean a lot after missing out on the 2014 World Cup.
As we can see here, courtesy of 101 Great Goals, the striker is certainly enjoying himself in the Sweden setup at the moment:
Zlatan doesn't get tired of training... Training gets tired of Zlatan... pic.twitter.com/JUzHEcUhhZ— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) March 28, 2016
Should Ibrahimovic consider retiring?
The Swede has still never won the Champions League, and while he’s won various divisional titles across Europe, he's never played in the Bundesliga or the Premier League.
For a footballer who always seeks to entertain, rounding off his career with a foray into the frantic landscape of English football would be a fitting end.