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Jul 25, 2013

Ibrac: PSG fans don't need to worry

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has told Paris Saint-Germain supporters they don't "need to be worried" about his future and believes he will "continue to wear" the Ligue 1 champions' shirt.

Ibrahimovic says he is happy in Paris.
Ibrahimovic says he is happy in Paris.

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Though he signed a three-year deal when he moved to the French capital from AC Milan last summer, Ibrahimovic, 31, has been linked with a move away from the Parc des Princes, with Manchester City and Real Madrid most frequently mooted as potential destinations.

The Swede announced earlier this week he was confident of his future, and has now seemingly made clear his intention of remaining at PSG for at least the coming season.

"I'm happy in Paris. Everything that you write and you read in the papers isn't true, but that's the work of the media," the Malmo-born forward, speaking at the presentation of PSG's new away shirt in his native country, told the press. "I'm wearing a PSG shirt today and I'll wear it again against Real Madrid on Saturday. I'll continue to wear it, and I think it looks good on me.

"From the first day I signed at PSG, everything's always gone really well. My presentation was extraordinary. Luckily, I've been able to repay them for that fantastic welcome by winning the title last season. Now I hope to be able to continue to do that, so I don't think the supporters need to be worried."

Despite his statement, Ibrahimovic, who made his first appearance of the season in PSG's 2-0 victory over Swedish side Hammarby on Tuesday, will meet club president Nasser Al Khelaifi upon the squad's return to France to discuss his situation.

French media reports claim the former Ajax, Inter Milan and Juventus forward will ask for his €14 million-a-year after-tax salary to be increased by up to €2 million in return for rejecting overtures from other clubs this summer.

The demand is said to stem from Thiago Silva being given a significant wage increase to an annual €12 million for having turned down Barcelona, who made a reported €32 million offer for the Brazilian.

The 28-year-old centre-back told L'Equipe on Thursday that the speculation had done little to trouble him during his break following the Confederations Cup.

"I remained calm. There is always that kind of speculation during the transfer window. Finally, I felt flattered, because it means that my work and that of PSG is appreciated," the former AC Milan defender, who is due to join up with the PSG squad in Sweden on Thursday ahead of Saturday's friendly with Real Madrid in Stockholm, said.

"These things are normal. I'm happy at PSG, and the club is happy with me, so there was no reason to leave. In fact, I believe in PSG's project and, to tell you the truth, I believe in it more and more."

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