Stockholm - Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic was pursued by
former club AC Milan but decided to remain with French champions Paris Saint
Germain amid interest from a slew of other European clubs, the striker said on
Speaking to reporters ahead of the Euro 2016 qualifiers
against Russia and Austria, Sweden's record scorer said the Italian club, where
he spent two seasons and won the Scudetto in 2011, had approached him but he
preferred to stay put.
"It was concrete from their side and they showed great
interest, but I said from the beginning that I am staying at PSG, I'm happy
there," the 33-year-old told a news conference.
As the clock ticked down to the end of the transfer window
this week, Ibra was linked with several clubs including Premier league Arsenal
and Turkey's Fenerbahce and Galatasaray.
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"I take it as a compliment that there is still interest
in me. It means I'm still performing. I take it as positive," he said when
asked by a Turkish journalist about a possible move, adding that his agent Mino
Raiola handled all such queries.
"It's all about when you get a firm offer or a level of
interest that is serious. Then you can think about it seriously. It's not like
I call a club and say 'I'm coming' -- there has to be interest from the other
His Sweden team are second in Group G, four points ahead of
Russia, who they meet in Moscow on Saturday, and four behind leaders Austria,
who they host in Stockholm next Tuesday.
A victory on Saturday would go a long way towards helping
the Swedes qualify for the finals but Ibrahimovic is not taking anything for
"It'll be a tough game, a hard game. The Russians at
home, we're meeting a good team. They're the games you want to play," he
Ibra, who turns 34 next month, indicated that the end of his
career at both club and international level was in sight but he was not
prepared to say just yet when he would call it a day.
"You'll know when I stop," he told a reporter with
a smile. "The whole world will know. It will be news."For
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