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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that he will not try and sign his former player Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Paris St Germain. The French club have all the money in the world thanks to the investment from Qatari owners. They have been spending huge amount of money in the last few transfer windows and it has helped them dominate French and European football in the last few months. They are top of the French league and are also into the quarter-finals of the Champions League. A lot of the success has been owed to the quality of Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The 32-year-old is the top scorer in the French Ligue One with 25 goals. He has also been one of the top scorers in the Champions League as well. His goals helped PSG reach the quarter-finals after a 6-1 aggregate win over Bayern Leverkusen. Ancelotti was the manager who brought Ibrahimovic to the French capital. He has recently taken over at Real Madrid, while he has done exceptionally well in the last few weeks. Despite this, there is a belief that Real Madrid will be even stronger with another striker on-board. Karim Benzema is the only recognised top striker in the squad.
Ancelotti, though, has ruled out of the signing of Ibrahimovic by saying that would not be made available by PSG.
“Will I try to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marco Verratti from PSG? No, not at all. They are players who cannot be dislodged because they are very important to their team. Ibrahimovic and Verratti are very important for PSG. We will not waste time trying to recruit players who would be impossible to sign,” said Ancelotti. “If I am here, it is largely thanks to him (Ancelotti). But last summer, there was no contact so I have not had the opportunity to ask,” said Verratti.
Sweden Soccer Video Ranking: four / five
Sweden Football Video Score: five / five
Sweden Soccer Video Score: five / 5
Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has denied suggestions that Paris St Germain have qualified for the quarter-finals after completing a 4-0 rout of German club Bayern Leverkusen in the first leg of the last 16 round. Ibrahimovic was on target twice in the match, with the Swede scoring yet another sensational goal with his second effort. The first was a penalty. The second leg will take place in the second week of March and it has already been spoken of as a formality, but Ibrahimovic failed to accept such comments saying that PSG will remain professional despite this massive advantage.
After spending lots of money in the last few transfer windows, doing well in the Champions league will be the ultimate motive for PSG. Ibrahimovic, who will not be seen at the World Cup 2014 after his Sweden team failed to qualify, has been one of the best strikers in Europe this campaign. He has scored more than 30 goals in all competitions. January signing Yohan Cabaye scored the fourth goal of the match, while Blaise Matuidi, whose future at the club continues to remain uncertain, opened the scoring.
Ibrahimovic was at the centre of everything good done by PSG. After the match, manager Laurent Blanc praised the centre forward.
“I think we had a good start. After three minutes, we scored a goal, then we played our game, created chances and scored a second and a third, so there were a lot of spaces to play and we did good, very good. We have to play the second leg like we did today. We have a big advantage absolutely, but still we have to be focused and play our game and let’s see what happens in the second game,” said Ibrahimovic.
The 32-year-old is expected to head the FIFA Ballon d’Or award ceremony next season.