Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s future has been questioned once again in the last few days. Reports emanated last Saturday that Galatasaray were preparing a €15m for the player if Unal Aysal wins the presidential election. Then there was the news that broke about him applying for an American visa which just raised a load of questions about the reasoning why.
Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet broke the news that he had applied for a non-tourist visa at the US embassy in Paris back in March. If this is the case and he is harbouring for a move to the States, then that makes perfect sense. He has mooted the possibility of ending his career there which is no secret. Will it be this summer? Absolutely not. He will be a Paris Saint-Germain player next season where he will most likely play his final year for the club (contract runs out in 2016).
It is evident that he is preparing for life after PSG and that is fair enough. He will be 34 come next season having spent a large proportion of his career in the French capital, which says it all for his settled lifestyle in France. There will come that time when he has to seek pastures new and the football club will need to evolve with new younger talent.
The club has too much respect to even consider moving him on in the summer. I imagine an amicable agreement will be reached before the summer of 2016. Ibra will almost certainly break Pauleta’s goal-scoring record of 109, hopefully win a few more titles before riding off into the sunset having played a monumental part in the growth of the football club.
Ibra recently said; “I like it in France. I would not have played there for so long and I would not have renewed my contract if I did not like it”.
He has had his fitness problems this season which has evidently hampered his performances. He is not the same player to last season and before but he still has proved to be a match winner on a number of occasions. His goal against Saint-Etienne in the Coupe de la Ligue was massive in stopping the rot after Christmas and his hat-trick against Lorient a few weeks back was pivotal in us taking control of the title race.
We are on borrowed time with the big man but he is not leaving just yet.