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