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Sweden’s Zlatan set to stay on with Paris side

Sweden's top striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to remain with his French club side Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), the club's owner has announced.

Sweden's Zlatan set to stay on with Paris side
Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona last week. Photo: Emilio Morenatti/TT
PSG's Qatari chairman Nasser Al-Khelaļfi has said that the side's French manager Laurent Blanc will also stay on next season alongside Ibrahimovic and the team's other star players Edison Cavani and Javier Pastore.
 
The move comes just over a month after Sweden's best striker in history was slated for a foul-mouthed rant at a referee in which he blasted France as a “shit country”. He was later banned for four matches, subsequently reduced to three.
 
The player apologized for his outburst in a statement released after the game, saying: "My words were not targeting France or the French people. I was speaking about football and nothing else."
 
"I was speaking when I was annoyed and everyone knows that at these moments you can speak without thinking," he added.
 
PSG are in a battle with Lyon to retain their league title and are in contention to win both the French domestic cups, but the Champions League quarter-final defeat to Barcelona once again raised question marks over personnel.
 
Al-Khelaļfi, however, said in an interview with Le Parisien newspaper that he was not considering making widescale changes.
 
 
Asked if Blanc would still be in charge as coach for next season, the Qatari replied: "Yes, of course," adding that it was "unfair" the criticisms that had been placed on him.
 
Turning to Ibrahimovic, he said that the big Swede would see out the final year of his contract.
 
"The matter is not even up for debate," he said. "He will be staying for us for next season, and that is for sure. And that goes for Javier Pastore too."
 
Finally Al-Khelaļfi said that he would not even listen to any transfer offers made for Uruguayan Cavani.
 
He did agree that there would be some team changes for next season and confirmed that there had been talks with Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba "but there are other big clubs that are after him."

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Zlatan has been ‘cured’ of coronavirus: AC Milan

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been given the all-clear to end his quarantine period and return to action after testing negative for coronavirus, the Serie A club announced on Friday.

Zlatan has been 'cured' of coronavirus: AC Milan
Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring a goal in September. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP
Milan confirmed in a statement that the Swedish striker had “tested negative” twice in a row, as stipulated in the protocol to be able to lift the quarantine procedure.
   
Ibrahimovic, 39, sounded a more triumphal note on his social media: “You are cured! The health authority says the quarantine is over, you can go out!”, he wrote on Twitter.

The announcement comes a day after Milan said Ibrahimovic had tested positive a second time for Covid-19, putting in doubt his participation in the Milan derby on October 17.
 
   
Ibrahimovic first tested positive on September 24.
   
The derby remains in doubt with two other Milan players and five from Inter currently in self-quarantine.
   
In spite of his absence, Milan have made a decent start to the season, having climbed to second in Serie A after winning all three of their games and reaching the group stages of the Europa League.
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