Ibrahimovic ‘offered to be PSG sporting director’ and retire from football

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic offered to retire and take up the position of Paris Saint-Germain sporting director last summer.

Despite claiming he would hang up his boots for the role with his former French employers, the sensational Swede has continued to score at the highest level this season, finding the net again for AC Milan on Wednesday night.

The 40-year-old forward struck a stunning free kick to open the scoring in his side's 3-0 away win to Serie A strugglers Genoa as the Rossoneri closed the gap to league leaders Napoli to just one point.

The strike was the evergreen Ibrahimovic's sixth goal in only his ninth Serie A appearances this term, but his illustrious playing career nearly came to an end in the summer just gone.

Contemplating retirement, Zlatan offered himself up to former club PSG with the intention of becoming their sporting director, and while he wasn't taken up on the proposal in the summer, it appears as though it is possibility going forward.

In his latest book 'Adrenalina: My Untold Stories', which was released on Thursday, Ibrahimovic offered insight into the anecdote.

The Swedish striker revealed: “Summer 2021. I offered myself to PSG as sporting director. I called Nasser and I proposed: ‘If I don't renew my contract with Milan, I'll come to PSG and I'll put your team back in order’. He laughed but he didn’t say no.”

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It now appears as though the Ligue 1 side might have to wait a while if they are to appoint Ibrahimovic as a member of the club's hierarchy, after he hinted at further prolonging his playing career following his latest Milan strike on Wednesday.

After the match, the forward, whose current deal expires in June 2022, said: "I'm happy for our manager Stefano Pioli but now it's time for me to extend my contract. These guys make me have fun."

Ibrahimovic, who has scored over 570 goals and won 31 trophies over the course of his prestigious career, became the oldest non-Italian player to score a Serie A goal and only the fourth player to net in the league after his 40th birthday following strikes earlier this season.

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