Ibrahimovic completes PSG move
Three-year deal in Paris as Swedish striker leaves Milan
Last Updated: July 18, 2012 4:59pm
Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Has completed his big-money move to Paris St Germain
Paris St Germain have confirmed the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic from AC Milan on a three-year contract.
PSG are reported to have paid the Rossoneri around €20million (£15.7m) for the services of the striker.
Ibrahimovic becomes the second Milan player in the space of a week to sign for the Ligue 1 side, following Brazilian defender Thiago Silva to the Parc de Princes.
Although the 30-year-old Sweden international is often seen as a mercurial talent, his record shows he is one of the most reliable goalscorers in Europe, having hit more than 20 goals in each of the last five seasons.
That period includes spells at Inter Milan, Barcelona and AC Milan and his capture indicates the growing power of PSG in the European transfer market.
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"I want to thank Paris Saint-Germain and (sporting director) Leonardo for the great work they've done," Ibrahimovic told reporters at a Paris press conference on Wednesday.
"I think they've made something that looked impossible, possible. I'm very happy to be sitting here. After lots of talks, I'm finally a PSG player. It's a big step in my career, another dream come true.
"I think this is a very interesting project and I had no doubts. In my mind I was very clear, and I knew what I wanted.
"I want to be part of this club's history and I'm pretty sure we will make history. I came here to win, not for anything else, and I'm pretty sure we'll win some trophies."
"I'm joining a dream team. They'll do everything to win and I want to be part of it. They already have some great players.
"And they've bought the best defender in the world, Thiago Silva. As long as I have him behind me, I don't need to look back.
"They're bringing together the very best. Who wouldn't want to be here?"
There had been speculation that Ibrahimovic had been forced out of Milan as part of Silvio Berlusconi's cost-cutting measures but the player himself refutes those claims.
"No-one at Milan influenced me," he added. "It was my choice and my choice alone.
"I was very happy to be at Milan. They gave me my smile back.
"It's a club that will stay in my heart. They helped me and my family, and I don't want to put a shadow over my time there.
"They made it easy for me to come to PSG so I thank them and I wish them all the best."
Ibrahimovic is the fourth player to have joined the club from Serie A this summer, after Thiago Silva, Argentine forward Ezequiel Lavezzi, and 19-year-old midfielder Marco Verratti.
But Leonardo insists that the acquisition of Ibrahimovic represents the end of the club's summer spending.
"The market is closed for new arrivals," he said. "With Zlatan we've finished in the transfer window this year."