Zlatan Ibrahimovic and PSG in no rush to hold contract negotiations
Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have both cooled talk of any need for urgent contract negotiations following the striker's match-winning performance against Chelsea in the Champions League.
Ibrahimovic, 34, set up PSG's first goal for Adrien Rabiot and then killed off Chelsea's chances in the second half as the French champions won 2-1 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday to progress to the quarterfinals 4-2 on aggregate.
Much had been made of the fact that the Sweden captain has been less prolific in the knockout stages of Europe's top club competition, but the former AC Milan and Barcelona player responded in emphatic fashion in London.
PSG's record goal scorer is out of contract this summer but Al-Khelaifi said that there was no need to rush into negotiations if the club decide they want to keep Ibrahimovic for longer.
"We'll speak with him in June," Al-Khelaifi told reporters at Stamford Bridge.
Ibrahimovic, who has now scored 31 goals in all competitions this season, was also reluctant to be pressed into discussing his intentions.
"Listen, I have another two months with PSG," he told reporters after the Chelsea game. "Like I said yesterday, I'm not in discussions with nobody. So let's see what happens.
"I'm not closing the alternatives for nobody. I put it on the table and then I see what's good for me and my family."
Ibrahimovic would have had no shortage of suitors, but after scoring in both legs against Chelsea to make it four goals in eight Champions League matches this season, he is likely to have attracted even more.
Al-Khelaifi was full of praise for the striker, who has scored 23 goals and made 10 more in Ligue 1 this season.
"I'm very proud of my team, my coach, our supporters," Al-Khelaifi said. "We deserved to qualify because we proved we're better than last year. I hope we can continue our big dream in the Champions League.
"I don't speak often but this evening, yes, I spoke a little with the players [before the game] because it was very important. I asked them to give everything. I believe only in victory -- defeat doesn't exist for me. I asked them to die on the pitch.
"Zlatan is truly magical. He's a fantastic player. Every match he's proved that he's better."