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Napoli offer Edinson Cavani to Manchester City for 60m

City can have Cavani for 60m… but would they be 'nutty' enough to pay it

By
Richard Sharpe

PUBLISHED:

15:42 GMT, 18 March 2013

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UPDATED:

16:06 GMT, 18 March 2013

Napoli have told Manchester City they can have Edinson Cavani for 60m.

And the club president has bizarrely claimed that City would be ‘nutters’ to pay it.

City made a bold 40m move for the Uruguay striker in January but were quickly told the fee would not be enough.

Lift off: Napoli say Manchester City are very welcome to buy Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani... but they'll have to stump up 60m

Lift off: Napoli say Manchester City are very welcome to buy Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani… but they'll have to stump up 60m

They have maintained dialogue with Napoli with the asking price – and the player’s buy-out clause – understood to be around 53m.

However, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis says he wants that figure AFTER TAX which puts another 8m on his desired price.

De Laurentiis said: ‘We included a very high buy-out clause in his contract because we want him to stay at Napoli. The clause exists, though, and if some nutter is willing to pay €70m [60m] for him, which would mean a net fee of €63m [53m] for Napoli, we are ready to listen to the offer.

At the double: Cavani scored twice as Napoli beat Atalanta 3-2 in Serie A at the weekend

At the double: Cavani scored twice as Napoli beat Atalanta 3-2 in Serie A at the weekend

‘However, let it be clear that the final decision lies with Edinson.

‘He knows that he’s respected here and that the people love him. Not just for his goals, but also because he’s a serious and polite person.’

Real Madrid and Chelsea have also shown interest in 26-year-old Cavani as have Paris St Germain who have increasing doubts over Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s future.

PSG 2 Marseille 0: David Beckham edges out Joey Barton

PSG 2 Marseille 0: Beckham wins battle of Brits as Ibrahimovic downs Barton's boys

PUBLISHED:

21:48 GMT, 27 February 2013

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UPDATED:

21:48 GMT, 27 February 2013

David Beckham was given a less than warm welcome from Joey Barton but had the last laugh as Paris Saint-Germain came out on top against Marseille.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored both goals but all eyes were on Beckham as he made his first start for the French club – and Barton made his presence felt when he barged into his fellow Brit in the first half.

Ibrahimovic opened the scoring 10 minutes before the break and made sure of the victory with a second-half penalty.

Beckham was later booked but was substituted to a standing ovation with five minutes remaining.

More to follow…

Le Crunch: Joey Barton takes no prisoners as David Beckham (right) is sent flying

Le Crunch: Joey Barton takes no prisoners as David Beckham (right) is sent flying

Sore one: Beckham (right) is tackled by Marseille's midfielder Jacques Romao

Sore one: Beckham (right) is tackled by Marseille's midfielder Jacques Romao

Eyes on the prize: Beckham helped his new side to victory in the French Cup tie

Eyes on the prize: Beckham helped his new side to victory in the French Cup tie

Pass and move: Beckham showed signs of his ability on his first start for the Paris club

Pass and move: Beckham showed signs of his ability on his first start for the Paris club

Opening salvo: Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores to put PSG in front against Marseille and celebrates (below)

Opening salvo: Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores to put PSG in front against Marseille and celebrates (below)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates

Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates

Zlatan Ibrahimovic compares himself to Muhammed Ali the greatest

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, his name's Ibrahimovic and he scores for PSG… Zlatan likens himself to legend Ali

By
Charlie Skillen

PUBLISHED:

10:08 GMT, 20 February 2013

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UPDATED:

11:11 GMT, 20 February 2013

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has compared himself to boxing legend Muhammed Ali as ‘the greatest’ – but the Paris-Saint Germain striker admits he is behind the former world champion in the pecking order.

The Sweden striker, who has linked up with David Beckham after the Englishman’s move from LA Galaxy to PSG, has been in blistering form this season with 21 goals in 22 Ligue 1 starts.

Never known for his modesty, Ibrahimovic used his form to joke about his position in the sporting Hall of fame, which he says is one behind Ali – seen by many as greatest sportsman of all time.

The Greatest Ibrahimovic (above) holds his arms aloft just like former heavyweight champion Ali (below)

The Greatest Ibrahimovic (above) holds his arms aloft just like former heavyweight champion Ali (below)

Ali, 1972

‘I am the greatest!’ he said to 11Freunde.

‘Wait, is that even possible All right, then I’m the greatest behind Ali!’

Ibrahimovic also hinted a fiery reunion with former boss Pep Guardiola could be on the cards, saying he would be open to a move to Bayern Munich.

Guardiola is joining the Bundesliga leaders at in the summer and signed Ibrahimovic for Barcelona in 2009, but the striker left after just one season amid rumours of a bust-up with the Catalan coach.

Future team-mates Ibrahimovic hinted he would be open to a move to Bayern Munich, celebrating Thomas Muller's (centre) goal against Arsenal last night, with former boss Pep Guardiola taking over in the summer

Future team-mates Ibrahimovic hinted he would be open to a move to Bayern Munich, celebrating Thomas Muller's (centre) goal against Arsenal last night, with former boss Pep Guardiola taking over in the summer

Reunion: But Ibrahimovic (right) and Guardiola (left) fell out during the striker's time at Barcelona

Reunion: But Ibrahimovic (right) and Guardiola (left) fell out during the striker's time at Barcelona

However, Ibrahimovic said the idea of playing for the Bavarian giants, who lead Arsenal 3-1 in their Champions League last-16 tie, is one that interests him.

‘The Bundesliga is certainly a league that attracts me. One day, maybe I will go there, I still have a little time left in my career,’ he said.

‘If I chose to go to Germany, it would have to be Bayern Munich.

‘For me they are one of the top five clubs in the world.’

AJAX Vs RODA JC KERKRADE... Ajax's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores his team's winner against Roda JC Kerkrade.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic...Juventus' Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Sweden

Football: Euro 2004 Quarter-final: Sweden 0 Holland 0

Well-travelled: Ibrahimovic has also played in Holland (left), Italy (centre) and his native Sweden (right)

Any move to Germany would represent
the sixth country the striker has plied his trade in, which Ibrahimovic
believes has made him a better person.

He
said: ‘I’ve lived in five countries – Sweden, Netherlands, Italy, Spain
and now France. I have learned to get to know new people and cultures.

‘It has certainly made me more mature.’

Valencia 1 Paris Saint-Germain 2: Ezequiel Lavezzi and Javier Pastore score before Zlatan Ibrahimovic is sent off

Valencia 1 PSG 2: Lavezzi and Pastore give visitors upper hand before Zlatan sees red

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21:37 GMT, 12 February 2013

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UPDATED:

22:07 GMT, 12 February 2013

Adil Rami popped up with a crucial stoppage-time strike to hand Valencia a lifeline in their Champions League last-16 tie against Paris St Germain at the Mestalla tonight.

PSG looked on course for a dream result as first-half goals by Argentinian duo Ezequiel Lavezzi and Javier Pastore put Carlo Ancelotti's men firmly in the driving seat, but their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals suffered a setback in the space of two wild minutes at the end of the contest.

First Rami stole in behind the defence to reduce the arrears for Los Che before PSG's talismanic striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sent off for aiming a stamp at Andres Guardado.

Doubling up: Javier Pastore (right) scored Paris Saint-Germain's second of the evening

Doubling up: Javier Pastore (right) scored Paris Saint-Germain's second of the evening

Excellent start: Ezequiel Lavezzi (right) is hoisted up by Zlatan Ibrahimovic after opening the scoring for PSG

Excellent start: Ezequiel Lavezzi (right) is hoisted up by Zlatan Ibrahimovic after opening the scoring for PSG

Needless: Zlatan Ibrahimovic was red-carded for a lunge by referee Paolo Tagliavento

Needless: Zlatan Ibrahimovic was red-carded for a lunge by referee Paolo Tagliavento

MATCH FACTS

Valencia: Guaita, Rami, Joao Pereira, Guardado, Costa, Oliveira (Valdez 46), Feghouli (Viera 83), Banega (Canales 46), Parejo, Facundo, Costa, Soldado

Subs not used: Diego Alves, Ruiz, Albelda, Piatti

Booked: Joao Pereira

Goal: Rami 90

Paris Saint-Germain: Sirigu, Sakho, Alex, Maxwell, Jallet, Matuidi, Verratti, Pastore (Armand 88), Lucas Moura (Chantome 53), Lavezzi (Menez 76), Ibrahimovic

Subs not used: Douchez, Camara, Van Der Wiel, Gameiro

Booked: Verratti

Sent off: Ibrahimovic 90

Goals: Lavezzi 10, Pastore 43

Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (Italy)

Attendance: 55,000

The red card means Ibrahimovic is
suspended for the return leg along with defensive midfielder Marco
Verratti, who picked up his third booking of the campaign.

PSG's late implosion took the shine off an otherwise impressive performance by Ancelotti's troops.

Certainly the watching David Beckham,
who recently joined PSG on a five-month deal but was not in the squad
today due to a lack of match fitness, will have been encouraged by what
he saw.

However, that Lucas Moura played such
an influential role for the Parisians will not have been lost on the
37-year-old, with the Brazilian's pace and trickery down the right
channel not something the set-piece maestro can realistically expect to
replicate.

Lucas was a thorn in Valencia's side
in the opening period and had the first chance on nine minutes when he
latched on to the ball after Ibrahimovic's run was halted and crashed an
effort against the post.

PSG did not have long to dwell on that miss, however, as they took the lead 60 seconds later.

Marching order: Ibrahimovic will miss the next leg of the tie

Marching order: Ibrahimovic will miss the next leg of the tie

Consolation: Adil Rami gave Valencia hope of progressing after cutting PSG's advantage in half late on

Consolation: Adil Rami gave Valencia hope of progressing after cutting PSG's advantage in half late on

Colossus: Ibrahimovic holds off the challenge of Tino Costa

Colossus: Ibrahimovic holds off the challenge of Tino Costa

Making a mark: Salvatore Sirigu (centre) catches the ball to halt a Valencia attack

Making a mark: Salvatore Sirigu (centre) catches the ball to halt a Valencia attack

Lavezzi started and finished the
move, exchanging passes with Pastore on the edge of the area and
advancing beyond the lunging challenge of Ricardo Costa before crashing a
powerful finish beyond Vicente Guaita, who should perhaps have done
better.

Guardado flashed an effort over the
bar as Valencia went in search of the leveller, but it was PSG who
looked most likely to add to the scoring, with Lucas and Lavezzi
bringing saves from Guaita.

PSG's second goal arrived two minutes before the break, but again the Valencia goalkeeper will feel he should have done better.

Lucas, having impressed with a couple
of surging runs from his own half, gave a demonstration of what he can
deliver in the final third as he beat two men on the byline before
running into the area and pulling the ball back for Pastore, whose
first-time finish went through the legs of Guaita.

Aerial battle: Christophe Jallet (left) is unable to compete with Ever Banega in the air

Aerial battle: Christophe Jallet (left) is unable to compete with Ever Banega in the air

Anguish: David Beckham and Leonardo (right) watch the tie

Anguish: David Beckham and Leonardo (right) watch the tie

Valencia coach Ernesto Valverde
shuffled his back at the interval, with striker Nelson Valdez and
attacking midfielder Sergio Canales entering the action for Ever Banega
and Jonas.

Valdez almost made an immediate
impression when his back header from a corner was tipped over by
Salvatore Sirigu under pressure from Roberto Soldado.

Lucas' impressive outing was ended on
53 minutes as Ancelotti sacrificed the attacking flair of the Brazilian
for the more defensive midfield option of Clement Chantome.

Chantome's added midfield bite was
unable to prevent Soldado getting in behind the visiting defence on 61
minutes, the striker running on to Tino Costa's lofted pass only to see
the chance come to nothing as his heavy touch took the ball away from
goal.

On 72 minutes PSG were denied a third
when Chantome turned the ball home after a good move following a
free-kick, the substitute rightly ruled to have been coming back from an
offside position.

Making an appearance: David Beckham (centre) was inside the stadium to support his new team-mates

Making an appearance: David Beckham (centre) was inside the stadium to support his new team-mates

Making an appearance: David Beckham (centre) was inside the stadium to support his new team-mates

Valdez passed up a glorious chance to
get Valencia back into the contest when he stole in ahead of Alex to
reach another lofted pass by Costa, but the striker shanked his
left-footed finish into the side-netting.

Costa's powerful free-kick drew a
good parry from Sirigu in the 87th minute, but the PSG goalkeeper was
culpable for Valencia's late reply, which gives Valverde's men huge hope
ahead of the return.

No chance: Blaise Matuidi (right) snatches the ball away from Daniel Parejo (left) of Valencia

No chance: Blaise Matuidi (right) snatches the ball away from Daniel Parejo (left) of Valencia

Flare up: Visiting Paris Saint-Germain fans set off a flare in the stands

Flare up: Visiting Paris Saint-Germain fans set off a flare in the stands

Costa created the chance with a
chipped free-kick over the top of the Valencia defence, although as the
ball floated into the six-yard box the goalkeeper should have come to
claim.

Instead, Sirigu stayed rooted to his line, leaving Rami unchallenged as he cleverly steered the ball into the net.

And with almost the very last action
of the night PSG's efforts were further diluted when Ibrahimovic allowed
himself to become riled as he challenged with two Valencia players and
went over the ball in a challenge with Guardado, prompting the referee
to brandish the red card.

Star man: Lavezzi (left) was in exceptional form and looked a constant threat

Star man: Lavezzi (left) was in exceptional form and looked a constant threat

Tussle: Matuidi and Banega (right) battle away in the middle of the park

Tussle: Matuidi and Banega (right) battle away in the middle of the park

Ibrahimovic backs Beckham to deliver after PSG show their star quality in 4-0 rout of Toulouse

VIDEO: What has Becks signed up for PSG show their star quality in rout of Toulouse as Ibrahimovic backs former England captian to deliver in Paris

By
Sami Mokbel

PUBLISHED:

22:19 GMT, 1 February 2013

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UPDATED:

08:08 GMT, 2 February 2013

New signing David Beckham may
struggle to win a place in the Paris St Germain team on the evidence of
their 4-0 demolition of mid-table Toulouse on Friday.

The Ligue 1 leaders, who signed
free-agent Beckham on Thursday, were without the former Real Madrid and Manchester United midfielder
as he had returned to England for extra training in a bid to sharpen his
fitness.

Beckham has been without a club since winning the Major League Soccer title with Los Angeles Galaxy in December.

VIDEO: Scroll down to watch highlights of PSG's win over Toulouse

Clinical: PSG defender Mamadou Sakho heads home

Clinical: PSG defender Mamadou Sakho heads home

Beck and forth: Beckham missed the game to sharpen up his fitness

Sales pitch: But a Beckham shirt will cost you an eye-watering 100 on PSG website

He is due to begin training at PSG on February 13.

Carlo Ancelotti's PSG moved three points clear at the top of the table thanks to Javier Pastore, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with his 20th goal on his 20th league appearance for the club, Mamadou Sakho and Gregory van der Wiel.

Brazil striker Lucas, another recent recruit, produced a fine performance and set up two of the goals.

PSG have 48 points from 23 games. Second-placed Olympique Lyon travel to AC Ajaccio on Sunday.

VIDEO: Watch highlights from PSG's 4-0 win over Toulouse

Meanwhile, Ibrahimovic has leapt to defence of David Beckham's after his new team-mate was called a 'third-hand Rolls-Royce'.

The 37-year-old has signed a five-month deal with Paris Saint-Germain, but his capture has not caused as much glee as you would expect, despite the former England captain pledging his 170,000-per-week wages to a Paris children's charity.

It is claimed Beckham will still receive a hefty image rights fee, and PSG are said to be paying for his accommodation and security in the capital. And his arrival in France was not particularly well received by the Parisian press yesterday.

Top man: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (R) celebrates after scoring

Top man: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (R) celebrates after scoring

Impressed: PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti

Impressed: PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti

Newspaper Le Figaro read: 'A special status can feed jealousy. In a dressing room where the offensive egos of players are struggling to live, the arrival of a third-hand Rolls-Royce, which becomes the main focus of media fascination, risks causing envy, while feeding a climate of discord.'

The paper also suggests players will be 'annoyed' by Becks and wife Victoria appearing in glossy magazines, but new teammate Ibrahimovic insists the global icon still has plenty to offer on the pitch.

He said: 'For a striker playing with somebody like David is a dream. He is the best deliverer of the ball in the world, still.

'If you make the good runs, you know he will find you. I am sure we will create something very special. David said that when he left the US, he had more offers than at any point in his career. The fact that he chose PSG says a lot about the project we have here.

'It is no longer just the big teams from Italy, Spain and England the top players want to come to – it is now us as well. It is excellent news for us that David is permitted to play in Europe. He still has so much to offer at that level, and his experience with Manchester United and Real Madrid will be vital.

'I am sure David wants to win the Champions League again before he retires.'

Zlatan Ibrahimovic set 12 challenges by fan to win internet domain name

Take Zlat! Cheeky fan sets Ibrahimovic 12 bizarre challenges to win website in his name

By
James Andrew

PUBLISHED:

10:57 GMT, 5 January 2013

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UPDATED:

10:57 GMT, 5 January 2013

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic may have finally met his match – but not with another player – instead with a cheeky fan who bought the internet domain name Zlatan.fr and set him a number of ridiculous challenges if he wants to win it off him.

The bold Paris Saint-Germain fan, who has opted to remain anonymous, bought the website name shortly after the striker completed his move from AC Milan to the French capital in the summer.

The Swedish superstar is a hit in Paris and is understood to be keen on strengthen his marketing ties in France and the Zlatan.fr domain name would be the perfect way to promote his brand.

Met his match: PSG star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been set a number of challenges if he wants to win website in his name

Met his match: PSG star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been set a number of challenges if he wants to win website in his name

And the fan says he is willing to hand over the registration details for free, so long as the striker completes one of the 12 challenges that have been laid out.

In an open letter to the Swede on the website, the fan writes: ‘When you signed in my beloved club, It was an incredible surprise to see that the domain name 'Zlatan.fr' was available.

Bold: The PSG fan wrote a letter to Ibrahimovic

Bold: The PSG fan wrote a letter to Ibrahimovic

‘So, I rushed to book it as I really didn't want a malicious person to take advantage of your name and image.

‘So now, I give you the opportunity to have it back. And for that, as you can imagine, we won’t bother with lawyers and endless procedures. Obviously it would be a waste of time and money for both of us. Instead, I got a much funnier idea. And as I am a very good guy, I let you have the choice of weapons.’

Hair we go! One of the challenges was for Ibrahimovic to give up a lock of his hair

Hair we go! One of the challenges was for Ibrahimovic to give up a lock of his hair

All of the challenges are ridiculous, though. Ranging from playing Zlatan at Fifa on the Playstation, to letting the striker beat up the fan using taekwondo, and even donating a lock of his hair, the fan certainly has a pretty vivid imagination.

It is not clear if Ibrahimovic is aware of the website or the challenges he has been set, but it is unlikely, all the challenges are below.

Unbelievable: Ibrahimovic clebrates his wonder goal against England

Unbelievable: Ibrahimovic clebrates his wonder goal against England

THE CHALLENGES:

1. Offer me a dedicated PSG jersey, with my name on it and the following quote: “After Zlatan, you really are the best !”

2. Stay at my place for a month. This way, all my life, I could say “Ibra Sure, he used to sleep on my couch for a while.”

3. Offer me 3 lifetime season tickets, for two of my friends and I. Obviously, I’m talking about Official tribune tickets… don’t try to fool me with your crappy H Blue tribune tickets…

4. Win penalty kicks against me, at the Parc des Princes of course, so that you’re at home and have no excuse in case I win.

5. Beat me at taekwondo. I’ve heard you’re not too bad at it. As I’ve never practiced that sport myself, I recommend you to choose this challenge.

6. Give me one of your locks of hair as a gift. Samson’s strength came from his long hair. I think it works the same way with you. Then, I can make a key ring with it, which will bring me power for the rest of my life.

7. Beat me at FIFA13. You can choose the teams but, anyway trust me, there is no way you can make it.

8. Score a more-than-30-meter-backflip-goal in an official game. Just kidding… this is not realistic.

9. Let me slap you in the face, without saying a word… and in public obviously.

10. Offer a bare-chested dedicated photo of you to my girlfriend. Frankly, among all of those challenges, I have to confess it’s not my favorite. I’m getting fed up to see twinkles in her eyes when you take off your jersey at the end of a game.

11. Manage to have Neymar sign at PSG during the 2013 summer transfer market.

12. Simply ask me to let you have this domain name for free… but face to face and – as a tribute to Guillaume – in French obviously.

Watch Zlatan Ibrahimovic outrageous backheel against Brest

Zlatan's up to his old tricks again! Watch Ibrahimovic's latest magical effort

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00:18 GMT, 22 December 2012

First there was the bicycle kick. Then there was the propeller kick. And on Friday night Zlatan Ibrahimovic showed off his scorpion kick.

The Swedish striker conjured up his latest piece of showboating during Paris St Germain's 3-0 victory over Brest.

Outrageous: Zlatan Ibrahimovic's backheel against Brest

Outrageous: Zlatan Ibrahimovic's backheel against Brest

Ibrahimovic went aerial again to shake off a defender and produce an outrageous backheel.

It was an effort to rival his sensational strike against England and would have been one of the best goals ever… if it had not gone the wrong side of the post.

Ibrahimovic did get on the scoresheet when he converted Christophe Jallet's cross in the 55th minute for his 18th league goal of the season.

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Substitute Kevin Gameiro made it 2-0 on 73 minutes and left back Bernard Mendy's stoppage-time own goal sealed the comfortable win.

Brest had Abdoulwhaid Sissoko sent off for a two-footed tackle on Ezequiel Lavezzi.

'We're going to have a good holiday because we're at the top of the league after another good performance,' PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti said. 'It wasn't an easy match because of the pitch and our opponent.

'It's the confirmation that we're in form. It was important to win, with the right attitude, by being solid and without conceding a goal. Everything's going well. I want to thank the players, because this last month has been really, really good.'

PSG moved three points ahead of Lyon, who host fifth-placed Nice on Saturday, and Olympique Marseille, who take on St Etienne on Sunday.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic hits out after being told he is too aggressive

Angry Ibrahimovic hits out at detractors after being told he is too aggressive

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00:45 GMT, 21 December 2012

A stubborn Zlatan Ibrahimovic has
insisted he will not change the way he plays despite criticism
suggesting he is too aggressive.

The Sweden and Paris Saint-Germain
striker has been called before the French FA after appearing to stamp on
the head of Lyon rival Dejan Lovren.

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Ouch: Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been accused of stamping on Lyon's Dejan Lovren

Ouch: Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been accused of stamping on Lyon's Dejan Lovren

Zlat in a hat: Ibrahimovic (right) vies with French defender Zoumana Camara during a training session

Zlat in a hat: Ibrahimovic (right) vies with French defender Zoumana Camara during a training session

Although the referee did not spot the
incident it enraged Lyon's president Jan-Michel Aulas, who believes the
volatile striker did it deliberately.

But Ibrahimovic told BeInSPort: 'I
want a lot in the field when I play. I may look aggressive, it is the
way to feel alive, because if I relax on the field you will not see me
playing.

'When I am angry in the field I play
better – according to me. And if people say I'm aggressive it stimulates
me because I will be even more aggressive. People say I shout I will
shout even more. Because it stimulates me.

'It doesn't mean that I will relax or something because I won wherever I came and I know how it is to win and I will continue.

'I came here to win and I will
continue to be the way I am, because the way I am, I had in ten years a
fantastic career. So people telling me now to change… no! I will tell
people what to do.'

You won't like him when he's angry: Ibrahimovic is prone to outbursts of violence

You won't like him when he's angry: Ibrahimovic is prone to outbursts of violence

As well as trying to deal with the
headstrong striker, PSG must also try and cope with Brazilian defender
Thiago Silva, who signed for around 34million in the summer, wanting to
go back to AC Milan.

'I miss Milan a lot, to tell the
truth. No one can deny that I miss Milan, the club will surely always be
in my heart because they gave me so much,' he told Sky Sport 24.

'I would like to return, certainly.
Milan are a great team, the most successful in the world. I played there
for three years and I do not know the future, but, if there is the
chance to return again, I would definitely go back.'

Hoping for home: Thiago Silva said he would love to go back to AC Milan

Hoping for home: Thiago Silva said he would love to go back to AC Milan

Silva continued: 'It is better now,
but, to be honest at the start, it was a bit difficult for me. French
football is strong and at times very challenging to play. It is not as
easy as everyone thinks.

'Robinho and Pato to return to Brazil
The club are going through a difficult period, this year was always
going to be different from the past.

'I am not sure if Robinho is unhappy.
But, in my opinion he is not as happy as he was in the first year that
he joined the club. He had an immense desire to win.

'As for Pato, I would advise him that a
change of scenery may be required. It is difficult to say what is right
for another person, but, again I do not think that he is happy there
anymore. He may have to return to Brazil.'

Watch video of Zlatan's 'stamp'

Zlatan Ibrahimovic accused of stamping on opponent: Video

VIDEO: Ibrahimovic accused of stamping on opponent as PSG beat title rivals Lyon

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UPDATED:

16:59 GMT, 17 December 2012

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been accused of deliberately stamping on an opponent during Paris Saint-Germain's win over Ligue 1 rivals Lyon at the weekend.

Ibrahomovic appeared to be trying to jump over Dejan Lovren when his boot came down and caught the Lyon defender on the head and hand.

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Zlat's got to hurt: Ibrahimovic has been accused of stamping on Lyon defender Dejan Lovren

Zlat's got to hurt: Ibrahimovic has been accused of stamping on Lyon defender Dejan Lovren

Lovren has said he will leave it up to the authorities to decide as Ibrahimovic was not punished by referee Antony Gautier.

'Everyone told me that he did it on purpose,' said Lovren. 'In any case I have a very bad headache. I think it is serious but it is for the commission to do its work.'

But Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas was in no doubt and he told L'Equipe: 'He did it voluntarily, I'm sure. I do not like to see this kind of act.'

Sweden international Ibrahimovic set up Blaise Matuidi for the winner as PSG hit the top of the table, above Lyon and Marseille on goal difference.

Watch video of Zlatan's 'stamp'

Lionel Messi to agree new Barcelona contract that makes him best paid player in world

Messi hits jackpot! Barca star is not only the best player in world, he's now the highest paid…

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UPDATED:

22:25 GMT, 15 December 2012

Lionel Messi is ready to sign for life at Barcelona with a deal that
would give him the highest club wages of any footballer in Europe's top
leagues.

The player's father, Jorge, has already opened negotiations with the
Catalan club over extending his current contract, meaning he will stay
at Barcelona until he is at least 31.

Money bags: Messi looks set for a mega contract

Money bags: Messi looks set for
a mega contract

Money bags: Messi looks set for a mega contract

The deal is expected to be structured so that it increases yearly,
rising to 12.5million a year net before bonuses. Messi, 25, signed his
last big contract in the 2009-10 season with then sporting director
Txiki Begiristain and his vice-president Marc Ingla.

That contract is heavily incentivised with his pay, after bonuses, in
any given season automatically becoming his basic pay for the following
season.

President Sandro Rosell is keen to extend that deal by two years to
ensure he stays at Barcelona before fulfilling his ambition of a
swansong in Argentina before he retires.

The top 10 richest players

1 Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 27.5m

2 David Beckham (Free agent) 26.2m

3 Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 24.3m

4 S amuel Eto'o (Anzhi Makhachkala) 19.4m

5 Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) 17.2m

6 Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris St Germain) 16m

7 S ergio Aguero (Manchester City) 15.7m

8 Yaya Toure (Manchester City) 14.7m

9 Fernando Torres (Chelsea) 13.9m

10 Kaka (Real Madrid) 12.9m

The player's net take-home pay before bonuses is estimated at 9m year, behind Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic's 12m and Samuel Eto'o, who earns 16m at Anzhi Makhachkala.

Although his bonuses, as well as sponsorship, invariably take Messi past those players, the new deal could see his basic pay leave him clear of the field.

It would also see him pull away from Cristiano Ronaldo's estimated 9m annual earnings before bonuses. That will annoy Ronaldo's camp, who have been frustrated by Real Madrid's failure to start talks over a new deal for the Portugal forward.

Today, Messi comes up against Atletico Madrid and the player Roman Abramovich wants to put in a similar pay league at Stamford Bridge, Radamel Falcao.

The Chelsea owner will offer the Colombia striker a five-year, 200,000-a-week contract but his dream of landing the world's most wanted No 9 could be thwarted by Real Madrid.

A bid of €60m (48.8m) will land the striker, who destroyed Chelsea in the European Super Cup in August, but Real president Florentino Perez is committed to meeting that asking price at the end of the season.

Left behind: Cristiano Ronaldo could be eclipsed by Messi in pay chart

Left behind: Cristiano Ronaldo could be eclipsed by Messi in pay chart

Just as Messi is beyond the reach of the Chelsea owner, Real's determination not to miss out on Falcao – as they did Sergio Aguero – threatens the Russian's chances of landing his latest top target.

A gentleman's agreement between Real and Atletico has in the past stopped the former from signing the latter's players but Perez was criticised by fans for allowing Aguero to join Manchester City last season. He is up for re-election this summer and needs a big signing to help him win.

Despite the Madrid clubs' understanding, Aguero was bound for Real before the start of last season until differences over which agent would be used scuppered the deal.

That will not be an issue as Falcao is represented by Jorge Mendes, who already manages a host of Real's top players, including Ronaldo.

Perez was at an awards ceremony in midweek with Falcao and was filmed without his knowledge joking with the player and goalkeeper Iker Casillas that he would pass the striker a serviette with the words 'do you want to sign for Madrid' on it.

That's rich: Kaka may be a bit-part player but he receives 12.9m

That's rich: Kaka may be a bit-part player but he receives 12.9m

This is a reference to the note he scrawled on a napkin for Zinedine Zidane when the two met prior to the Frenchman signing for Madrid from Juventus.

Perez was alerted to the rolling cameras by Casillas, who told him: 'Be careful, president. They are filming.'

The man who landed Zidane as well as Luis Figo, Ronaldo and David Beckham in the team that became known as the Galaticos wants another earth-shattering signing to send out a message to football's new money.

Messi's Barcelona team-mate David Villa, another former Chelsea target, could also be on his way out of Spain after being edged out at the Nou Camp.

The 31-year-old was the last of former president Joan Laporta's signings and is on a €6m-a-year deal that runs until 2014. He has started six league games this season.