Zlatan Ibrahimovic ‘contacted Paris Saint-Germain about a sensational return to his old club this summer’ before signing a new deal with AC Milan after the French giants rejected him
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic signed a one-year extension at AC Milan in April this year
- But according to reports in France, he has been exploring the possibility of returning to PSG
- The Swede scored 156 goals and won four Ligue 1 titles at the Parc des Princes
- But talks with PSG yielded no results and ensured that he stayed with Milan
Zlatan Ibrahimovic explored the possibility of completing a stunning return to Paris Saint-Germain this summer before signing a new contract with AC Milan, according to reports in France.
The 39-year-old striker signed a one-year extension at San Siro in April, which will see him continue playing with the Serie A giants after his 40th birthday.
But according to The Parisian, the Swedish international sounded the odds of returning to the French capital with the help of his agent Mino Raiola, whose ties to PSG sporting director Leonardo had sparked discussions.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic contacted former club PSG about return before signing up with AC Milan
The 39-year-old striker (second from right) wrote a one-year extension in San Siro . in April
But the report adds that the Ligue 1 giants had other plans and talks with the French club have not led to an agreement.
The deadlock in talks with PSG therefore led Ibrahimovic to extend his second spell at Milan, having scored 17 goals from 25 games in his first season in the Italian city.
The Swede scored 156 goals in 180 appearances for PSG during a four-year stay at the Parc des Princes between 2012 and 2016.
He won Ligue 1 in each of his four seasons and was also part of PSG squads that won two Coupe de France titles and three Coupe de la Ligue crowns.
But reports in France claim he has contacted the club where he has won four Ligue 1 titles beforehand
Only current Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani has scored more goals for PSG in their entire history, with the Uruguayan reaching the 200-goal milestone before leaving for Old Trafford last summer.
Ibrahimovic also played two seasons at Old Trafford, winning the League Cup and Europa League under Jose Mourinho.
A move to LA Galaxy took place before he left the MLS side and returned to AC Milan, who he first represented between 2010 and 2012 after a feud with Pep Guardiola in Barcelona.
‘I feel really happy. I’ve been waiting for this day. I’ll stay another year. It’s what matters and most importantly,” Ibrahimovic said after signing his new Milan deal in April.
“I’ve always said that playing for AC Milan is like being at home. I’m really happy with the way the club makes me feel, everyone who works here, my teammates and the coach and the fans that I miss so much in the stadium.
He was helped by Mino Raiola (R) who was in contact with PSG sports director Leonardo (L)
‘This is like being at home. I would stay for the rest of my life if I could, he added. Working with coach from day one [Stefano] Pioli has been very easy because he has the right mentality.
“He has this energy every day that transforms the team, because he wants to get the most out of the team. I am very happy with how the club makes me feel.’
Having scored more than 500 goals in more than 800 appearances in his career, Ibrahimovic has also earned 11 league titles, but he is hoping for a 12th next term after seeing rivals Inter – another of his former clubs – win Serie A in 2020-21.
An injury also prevented Ibrahimovic from representing his country at Euro 2020 earlier this summer.