LA Galaxy and Sweden legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed that it was never his intention to join former club Paris Saint-Germain.

The 37-year-old striker has enjoyed a highly successful career in football, travelling across the globe to play for some of the biggest clubs in world football.

‘Zlatan’ has now revealed that although his time playing for Ligue 1 outfit PSG was a success, he didn’t ever want to play for the club in the first place.

In his autobiography (via Calciomercato), Zlatan wrote: “One day I found five calls missed by Mino (Raiola) We heard and he told me: ‘OK, Leonardo will call.’ I thought: ‘Leonardo?’ Then I understood: ‘Leonardo, sporting director of the PSG.’ Then I said, ‘Listen, I will not answer, Galliani has confirmed to me that they will not sell me.’ But Mino told me: ‘Yes, I know.’

“When I spoke with Mino, I told him that we should make it difficult for PSG, that we would tell them that he wanted to keep the same salary as in Milan, I wanted to get them to say something like ‘you are exaggerating, it is enough.’

“Then I told Mino to add a bunch of things and I listed them one after the other. When we left, I told Helena, my woman, that they would never accept. There was no chance, but in just twenty minutes Mino called me back and what he said was, ‘You have everything you asked.’”

Zlatan’s record for PSG

After agreeing upon a €20 million deal with AC Milan, Ibrahimovic moved to France to play for PSG in 2012.

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Spending four seasons with the club, Zlatan proved his worth by becoming the club’s all-time top scorer (before Edinson Cavani overtook him following Zlatan’s departure).

The Swede made 180 appearances in all competitions, scoring a mightly impressive 156 goals, averaging a goal every 1.15 games.

In just four years at the club, Zlatan won Ligue 1 four times (2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16), Coupe de France twice (2014–15, 2015–16), Coupe de la Ligue three times  (2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16) and Trophée des Champions on three occasions (2013, 2014, 2015).

Not bad at all.

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