Blanc: Ibrahimovic Influenced PSG

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Laurent Blanc has expressed how sad he is to see Ibrahimovic go, praising the attacker for influencing PSG.

Ibrahimovic, 34, made an official announcement of his desire to leave the club at the end of the season.

The Sweden international has scored 36 goals so far this season and has won four ligue 1 titles, three coupe De La ligue and will look to make it two Coupe De France, when they play Marseille on the 21st of May.

And Blanc says the impact Ibra has had on the club is huge and says the club held talks with him over a new deal.

“Zlatan has greatly moved the club,” Blanc told a media conference ahead of Ibrahimovic’s final game at Parc des Princes against Nantes this weekend.

“Now, we have to think about the future.

“There have been talks. Personally I am sad because we lost our best player, but sad in the sense that this time had to come.

“At the same time I’m hopeful – for him first. And I think the club have to start on something else.”

Ibrahimovic is battling a calf injury but – while Blanc has advised him not to play against Nantes – the PSG boss expects the former Barcelona striker to feature and try to break Carlos Bianchi’s French top-flight record of 37 goals set in 1977-78.

“I hope he can participate in this game,” Blanc said.

“I advised him not to do anything. There is an important match against Marseille in the final of the Coupe de France, and the Euros with his national team.

“But I think he will not listen to me and he will want to play the game at all costs. He’ll want to beat the record of Bianchi. It makes sense.”



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