PSG v Chelsea: Zlatan Ibrahimovic rules out Premier League move
PSG v Chelsea: Zlatan Ibrahimovic doubts that he will ever play in the Premier League ahead of his side's Blues tie
Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he doesn’t expect to play in the Premier League ahead of Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League quarter-final against Chelsea.
The Sweden international is currently the Parisian club’s talisman after firing the Ligue 1 side to the French top-flight title last season.
I think, first of all, it’s impossible to get me to England
Ibrahimovic has also tasted domestic success at Barcelona, Inter Milan and Juventus, although the Champions League crown continues to elude the 32-year-old.
The giant striker had a trial at Arsenal aged 17, whilst he has been linked with a switch to cash-rich Premier League sides Chelsea and Manchester City at various points in his career.
However, Ibrahimovic ruled out a switch to the English top-flight as he bids to mastermind PSG’s progress to the Champions League last four.
“To come to England today is not a question that is brought up. I think, first of all, it’s impossible to get me to England. If you ask the people behind this project, I don’t think they’d let me go,” Ibrahimovic said.
He added: “I have respect for the Premier League, a great competition with good individual players and I haven’t been part of it… I’ve made stories in other countries. It’s nothing that I regret.
“This is my last contract in Europe, so to win it I have to win the Champions League with Paris. The day I leave Paris, I either go down a level or quit football. I’m very happy. I have a contract until 2016 and, after that, I don’t know the future. Maybe my mind is old. Maybe I’m tired. I don’t know. It’s far away from today.”
Pre-match facts: PSG v Chelsea
• PSG are in the quarter-finals for the second time in successive seasons and only the third time in all. A year ago at this stage they drew 2-2 at home to Barcelona and 1-1 at the Camp Nou, losing on away goals.
• Chelsea are looking to book their place in a seventh semi-final in 11 campaigns. They reached this stage with a 2-0 home win against Galatasaray, securing a 3-1 aggregate success.
• Paris are unbeaten in 28 European home games. The last visiting team to prevail at the Parc des Princes in Uefa competition were Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC, 4-2 winners in the Uefa Cup group stage in November 2006.
• Mourinho, who also captured the Uefa Champions League with Inter (2010), is bidding to become the first manager to win the European Cup with three different teams. Only Bob Paisley (Liverpool FC 1977, 1978, 1981) has won the trophy three times as a coach.