Premier League to miss out as Zlatan announces retirement date

Former Arsenal trialist and now Paris Saint-Germain superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic has announced his retirement date.

The Premier League are set to miss out on watching Swedish international superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the striker announced that he is to retire once his PSG contract is up in 2016.

“I have a contract until 2016,” he told ESPN when asked if he expected to finish his career at PSG. “I will be 34 next season and I don’t see myself continuing to play at the top level after that. So probably the answer is yes.”

The 32-year-old has often been labelled as one of the best strikers in the world and his trophy cabinet is full of top honours from Spain, Italy and France.

Despite his success in Europe, Premier League fans have always been wary of the Swede’s talents and his reputation as a leading striker has often been questioned.

The opportunity to see Ibrahimovic in England’s top flight week-in, week-out, however, has never become an option following Arsenal’s intentions to watch him play before potentially signing him 14 years ago.

“The story is true I wanted to see him. I did not know him, you cannot sign players you have not seen at all because it is not serious. He was 16. I asked him to have a little training session with the first team and he didn't want to do it.” Wenger was quoted as saying in 2012 by the Daily Mail.

The Gunners may have dropped the ball on that occasion, but the ultimate losers were the fans of Premier League football who missed out on such a great talent.

In a career spanning 16 years since he made his professional debut as a 16-year-old, the PSG star has made a total of 582 appearances in all competitions, scoring 312 goals.

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