Ibrahimovic completes move to big-spending PSG
Zlatan Ibrahimovic completed his move to Paris Saint-Germain on
Wednesday, saying he joined ”the dream team” after becoming the
big-spending French club’s most high-profile signing.
PSG missed out on the league title last season despite spending
more than $123 million on players and it has upped the ante this
offseason, topping it all with the transfer of Ibrahimovic from AC
Milan in what sporting director Leonardo dubs ”the biggest deal in
this club’s history.”
”I want to thank PSG and Leonardo,” Ibrahimovic said. ”They
made something impossible possible and now I am very happy. It’s a
big step in my career, another dream come true.
”I know there’s been a big media interest in this. It’s been
more intense than when I moved to Barcelona. I’m very excited in
this project. I’m here to make history and I will enjoy all the
trophies we bring home.”
The Sweden captain has signed a three-year contract with PSG,
worth a reported $17 million net a year, $2.5 million more than he
earned at Milan.
”It seems that I will finish my career here, but that’s what I
said at Milan too,” the 30-year-old Ibrahimovic said. ”You never
know what will happen. But I’m not thinking about that at the
moment, I’m thinking about winning during my time here.”
PSG has paid a reported $25 million for Ibrahimovic, taking its
summer spending on new players to an estimated $137 million.
The club’s Qatari owners are intent on turning the club into a
European power and have already signed Ibrahimovic’s former Milan
teammate Thiago Silva and Napoli’s Ezequiel Lavezzi this preseason.
Midfielder Marco Verratti was also introduced Wednesday after
completing his move from Pescara.
Leonardo said there will be no more signings this offseason,
even though the club has been infused with seemingly limitless
amounts of cash since a member of the ruling family in oil-rich
Qatar bought the Paris club a year ago. Sheik Tamim Bin Hamad Al
Thani’s Qatar Sports Investments now owns 70 percent of the
PSG’s huge outlay last season included spending a French record
$55.4 million on Argentine playmaker Javier Pastore, as well as
signing winger Jeremy Menez from Roma, midfielder Mohamed Sissoko
from Juventus, defenders Maxwell from Barcelona and Alex from
Chelsea, along with midfielder Thiago Motta from Inter Milan.
”I come to a dream team and the dream team will continue to
grow,” Ibrahimovic said. ”They will do everything to win and I
want to be part of that. I’m going to be playing with the best
players in the world. They’ve also bought the best defender in the
world, Thiago Silva, and as long as I have him behind me I don’t
need to look back.
”Who doesn’t want to be here? This is the future and I believe
in this, this is the most important. When you look at the team it’s
really a dream team. It’s the future not only of French football
but also in Europe and even the world.”
Italian media has said Ibrahimovic was forced out of Milan after
the club decided the fee for an aging player was too good to turn
”I’m very happy I was there. Milan gave me my smile back,”
Ibrahimovic said. ”I will always have very good memories of Milan.
I was very happy. I don’t want to put a shadow over my time at
Milan, they made it very easy for me to come to PSG.”
Ibrahimovic joined Milan from Barcelona on loan in 2010 and the
move was made permanent the following year. With 28 goals,
Ibrahimovic was Serie A’s top scorer last season – a feat he also
achieved with Inter in 2009.
The Sweden captain spent three seasons at Inter and two at
Juventus, winning the Serie A title every year – although the two
he won with Juventus were later revoked because of the match-fixing