Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Gregory Van Der Wiel in Reported PSG 'Bust-Up' at Troyes

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 15, 2016

Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic (R) and Paris Saint-Germain's Dutch defender Gregory van der Wiel (L) warm up prior to the French Ligue 1 football match between Troyes and Paris Saint-Germain on March 13, 2016 at the Aube Stadium in Troyes. AFP PHOTO  / FRANCOIS NASCIMBENI / AFP / FRANCOIS NASCIMBENI        (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS NASCIMBENI/AFP/Getty Images)

Paris Saint-Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gregory van der Wiel reportedly got into an argument at half-time in Les Parisiens' 9-0 thrashing of Troyes on Sunday, resulting in the latter leaving the dressing room and not joining his team-mates in celebration after the game.

French football journalist Jonathan Johnson relayed the news, courtesy of outlets L'Equipe and Le Parisien:

Jonathan Johnson @Jon_LeGossip

L'Equipe & Le Parisien: Gregory van der Wiel stormed out of PSG dressing room at HT vs. Troyes because of a bust-up with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Jonathan Johnson @Jon_LeGossip

PSG suggested VdW was substituted because of a minor injury. His actions in Troyes could now impact his contract renewal talks negatively.

As French football writer Andrew Gibney revealed, Van der Wiel was not present as the team celebrated their title triumph:

Andrew Gibney 🦄 @Gibney_A

And the Dutchman was missing from the celebration photos #PSG https://t.co/OUxbjVD5OK

Ibrahimovic bagged four goals in the match as PSG scored nine—more than the hosts had managed at their own stadium all season.

The win wrapped up the title for Laurent Blanc's side with eight matches to spare. Check out the highlights here, per BT Sport:

Football on BT Sport @btsportfootball

All 9⃣ @PSG_English goals 👏 Cavani 14', 75' Pastore 18' Rabiot 19' Ibrahimovic 46', 53', 56', 89' Saunier (o.g.) 59' https://t.co/fEDme048bO

While Ligue 1 is sewn up once again, Blanc will be eager to keep his players focused as they're still in with a shot at an historic quadruple.

Les Rouge et Bleu will face Lille in the Coupe de la Ligue final and are in the Coupe de France semi-finals against Lorient, while their Champions League hopes are firmly alive after they beat Chelsea to reach the quarter-finals.

Discord among the squad could threaten their chances of claiming further silverware—particularly in European competition, where the standard of their opponents is much higher.

Any encouragement that could be gleaned from their players feeling strongly enough about tactics in a game that was virtually won by half-time is perhaps negated by Van der Wiel reportedly not joining the title celebrations after the match.

That said, the Dutchman isn't a particularly key player at the Parc des Princes—his 45-minute outing at Troyes was just his 14th Ligue 1 appearance this season. Meanwhile, the most important man in the side Ibrahimovic did not seem put out by the incident given he scored four goals in the second half and posted this on Twitter after the match:

Zlatan Ibrahimović @Ibra_official

Fasten seatbelts https://t.co/8YbgYHmCPV

The Swede seemed to confirm to beIN Sports (h/t BBC) after the game he would be leaving the club when his contract expires in the summer, so if the pair have had a serious falling out it shouldn't have long-term repercussions.

From now until the end of the season, Blanc will just need to monitor the situation to ensure it doesn't jeopardise their chances of further trophies.


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