Zlatan Ibrahimovic form of no concern, says Paris Saint-Germain's Maxwell
Paris Saint-Germain full-back Maxwell says he finds it "strange" that people are concerned about the form of star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Ibrahimovic, 33, saw his start to the season hampered by injury but ended a goal drought of over 500 minutes when he found the net in PSG's recent 3-0 win over Guingamp.
The Sweden international was also on target in last weekend's 4-1 victory at Nantes, meaning he has now scored 108 goals for the French champions. One more goal will see him join former Portugal international Pauleta as the club's all-time leading goal-scorer.
Speaking ahead of PSG's Champions League tie against Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine, Ibrahimovic's close friend Maxwell said that no one at the club has been worried about their No. 10.
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"I find it strange to call into question a player like Ibra after all he has achieved in his career and everything he demonstrates in each game," the former Barcelona left-back told a news conference. We've never discussed his performances -- that's more for [the media].
"He's working every day and he's a very professional player. He's coming back from an injury so maybe he needs to get a bit more rhythm.
"But every game he's playing more minutes, which is important for him. He's scored. I find him happy, normal, focused on doing all he can for the team."
Meanwhile, PSG boss Laurent Blanc has once again expressed bemusement about media criticism of Uruguayan attacker Edinson Cavani.
Cavani, 28, finally appears to be winning over his critics after scoring eight goals in all competitions since the start of the season.
Earlier this week, the €64 million signing opened up about the difficulty he had during his first two seasons in Paris.
Taking aim at the French media, however, Blanc said he was always happy to have such a prolific goal-scorer in his side.
"Edi is a guy who scores goals," the former France manager told a press conference. "He's scoring goals for Paris Saint-Germain and he's already scored a huge number of goals elsewhere in Europe with Palermo and Napoli.
"But as soon as Edi doesn't score for two or three matches and he misses chances, you'll be the first to say 'how is it that Cavani misses chances?'
"I have the impression that we don't have the same regard for Edinson Cavani. I consider him a goal-scorer.
"And when a goal-scorer scores 30 goals -- 31 to be exact -- last season then he hasn't fallen short for the season."