Hot on the heels of firing Sweden to Euro 2016 past Scandinavian rivals Denmark in Copenhagen, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, perhaps unsurprisingly, wasn’t short of a quote or two.
After commenting that he had ‘retired’ the whole nation of Denmark – he would have retired from international football had Sweden failed to qualify – talk moved onto whether he would look to move to England before the end of his career.
Ibrahimovic is the type of player who has been around so long but is so good it is surprising that he is 34-years old. Yet, with his contract due to expire at Paris Saint-Germain next summer and Cristiano Ronaldo looking increasingly likely to move to the French capital, it is likely he will play for at least one more huge club in Europe before he hangs up his boots.
According to the man himself, however, it won’t be a club in England. Ibrahimovic told Sky Sports, "I think it is too late to come to England. I am very happy in PSG, I have my last six months and let us see what happens afterwards.
"I am enjoying it, I enjoy every day on the field. While I am playing at the top level, I just want to enjoy it and do my thing.
"I do not know where I will finish my career. Let us wait and see."
It is certainly unlikely that age will curb Ibrahimovic’s notorious, and at times justified, ego, not to mention lower his astronomical wages at all, so that instantly rules out all but a very select group of clubs. He could decide to take a pay cut and play for a smaller club yet remain in one of Europe’s top leagues, but given the ability he so obviously has it would be a shame for this to happen. At the same time, fans everywhere will need to accept that any move at this stage in his career would likely be a one or two year cameo at best. Signing Ibrahimovic certainly wouldn’t be a move for the future, but would definitely sell shirts and tickets wherever he went.
Speaking about Euro 2016, and alluding to his likely international retirement following the tournament, Ibrahimovic continued, "It will be magic. It will be big magic for me to be there.
"It is probably going to be my last tournament with the national team and I am very excited because before these two play-off games there was all this kind of talk that we were not able to beat Denmark.
"Now we are very happy and I am satisfied. I let my feet talk. I don't talk in public."
Where he ends up could well come down to how much influence he has in France next summer, but he is likely to be one of the stars of the tournament, even if Sweden were to exit the competition at an early stage.