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 By Mark Rodden

Zlatan Ibrahimovic comments wrong, PSG star can be replaced - Fernandez

Former Paris Saint-Germain player and manager Luis Fernandez has condemned Zlatan Ibrahimovic for saying that the French club was "born" the day Qatari investors took over.

Discussing PSG's quest to win the Champions League ahead of their round-of-16 second leg game against Chelsea on Wednesday, Ibrahimovic said the French champions' history began when Qatar Sports Investments took over in 2011 and he joined a year later.

"The club I'm playing in now is a project that began three-and-a-half years ago," the Sweden international told a news conference in London. "What happened before that, with all respect... this club was born the day the Qataris took over."

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Ibrahimovic, 34, whose contract expires this summer, has become PSG's all-time record goal scorer since moving to Paris from AC Milan.

The talismanic striker is once again the club's top scorer this season with 30 goals in all competitions but his comments angered former France international Fernandez.

Fernandez, 56, was PSG manager when they reached the semifinals of the European Cup in 1995 and when they won their only European trophy, the Cup Winners Cup, a year later.

"You're playing in an average league where Robert Lewandowski and Luis Suarez would not score 25 goals but 70," Fernandez said on his radio show on RMC.

"We took him to win the Champions League and if that's not the case we'll know how to say to him 'the next time we'll take someone else to win it.'

"PSG have beaten some big teams in its European history. For the moment, [the current squad] haven't done it -- they haven't beaten anyone.

"They want to make history. We're waiting for them."

Former PSG winger Jerome Rothen, who reached the Champions League final with Monaco in 2004, said Ibrahimovic's statement showed that the former Barcelona player felt "untouchable."

PSG full-back Serge Aurier was recently suspended for making disparaging remarks about manager Laurent Blanc and some of his teammates.

Rothen feels that Ibrahimovic had also shown disrespect to the club and its former players.

"When you say that Serge Aurier touched the institution with his comments, Zlatan did the same," he told RMC. "I hope he'll make a mark on the European Cup but, as great as Zlatan is, he's never made the final.

"At the time of [then-PSG owners] Canal Plus, PSG had big ambitions. They played a semifinal in the Champions League. They played two European finals and won one of them."


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