Zlatan Ibrahimovic declared he will leave Paris Saint-Germain “like a legend” after confirming his anticipated departure from the Ligue 1 champions.
The 34-year-old Swede is out of contract at the end of the season, and in a post on his personal Twitter account on Friday looked ahead to a final match at Parc des Princes, when PSG host Nantes.
Ibrahimovic, who has been linked with several English clubs, including Manchester United, is expected to play his last game for PSG when they face Marseille in the Coupe de France final at the Stade de France on May 21.
PSG boss Laurent Blanc had retained hope that his talisman would agree another deal, but Ibrahimovic, who joined the French club from AC Milan in July 2012, decided the time was right to move on.
In a post on Twitter, with a picture attached of PSG’s home stadium, Ibrahimovic wrote: “My last game tomorrow at Parc des Princes. I came like a king, left like a legend.”
The Sweden captain has netted 46 goals in all competitions for PSG this term, and is the club’s all-time top scorer with 152 goals.
Ibrahimovic will leave PSG with four Ligue 1 winners’ medals, three Coupe de la Ligue titles and at least one Coupe de France triumph – he could add another if PSG come through against Marseille next weekend.
The next destination for the 6ft 3in frontman continues to be subject of much speculation.
Ibrahimovic – who started his career in his homeland with Malmo and went on to also win league titles in Holland, Italy and Spain – has previously hinted at a desire to play in England, saying he has “a lot of options”, with the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea all touted as possible moves.
A return to AC Milan is also said to be under consideration, along with a move to the Major Soccer League franchise the Los Angeles Galaxy.