Paris, March 31 (IANS) Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s agent Mino Raiola has compared him to fictional character Benjamin Button, saying that the 34-year-old is getting younger each day and can play for at least five more years.
Button was the lead character in a 2008 Hollywood flick called “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” where he ages backward. Popular actor Brad Pitt essayed the role of the protagonist in the movie.
The Swedish international’s PSG contract expires at the end of this season, which has led to several clubs showing an interest in him. He has been linked with teams from the English Premier League, the Serie A, as well as outfits from China and Qatar.
Ibrahimovic, who has scored 35 goals in all competitions for PSG so far this season and had earlier stated he still has a lot to offer.
“Zlatan is just like Brad Pitt when he plays Benjamin Button, the guy who gets younger each day,” Raiola was quoted as saying by La Gazzetta dello Sport on Thursday.
“With his mental and physical condition, he can play on for another five years. His future? It will be a special choice.”
“All the clubs in Italy want him, including Napoli, but they are better at making films. Inter are also interested in signing him, but (Erick) Thohir’s plans are not very clear. Milan are more about publicity I think. They would need three or four signings to become competitive again.”
Raiola stated there have been huge deals offered from clubs in China as well as from the Premier League except Manchester City.
“There have been offers from all continents. I cannot give the exact figures, but we are talking about big numbers when it comes to China. We will know more pieces of the puzzle when I get back from my holiday in three weeks’ time,” Raiola said.
“All the big clubs from the Premier League have been knocking on our door, except Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. Plus PSG are still doing everything within their powers to renew his contract. PSG remain an option for him as well,” he concluded.