Ligue 1 news

Ibrahimovic eager for Ancelotti stay

May 20, 2013
By Ian Holyman, France Correspondent

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was named Ligue 1 Player of the Year on Sunday night and declared his hope Carlo Ancelotti will remain at Paris Saint-Germain.

Carlo Ancelotti Zlatan Ibrahimovic PSG training
APCarlo Ancelotti has the backing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic at PSG

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Ibrahimovic, 31, scored twice in PSG's 3-1 win over Brest on Saturday to take his season's tally to a league-high 29 strikes. However, after stepping forward to accept his trophy from David Ginola at the National Union of Professional Footballers (UNFP) awards ceremony in Paris, the Swede's thoughts turned to the future of his coach.

"I don't want him to leave," Ibrahimovic said shortly after Ancelotti had himself revealed he had asked to quit PSG this summer - a year before his contract expires. "He's a great coach. I hope he'll stay. There's a great project here and an excellent team. I scored lots of goals thanks to him."

While PSG's Salvatore Sirigu, 26, was named top goalkeeper and was one of seven players from the Ligue 1 champions' squad selected in the team of the year, Ancelotti, 53, had to share the Coach of the Year award with Saint-Etienne's Christophe Galtier, 46.

"I don't know if I deserve to share it with Christophe or if it's because I'm going to have to answer your questions," Ancelotti joked to the audience. "It's tough to be a coach, and the French are serious and professional. I've found a lot of coaches with great technical know-how in France."