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Zlatan Ibrahimovic: I will never play in England

Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists he will have 'no regrets' over never playing in the Premier League, and has dismissed a move to England before he retires.

The 32-year-old is preparing to face Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday, and speaking at the press conference ahead of the match, Ibrahimovic says he will not be coming to the Premier League when he decides to bring his stint at PSG to an end.

"To come to England today is not a question that is brought up. I think, first of all, it's impossible to get me to England. If you ask the people behind this project, I don't think they'd let me go," he said.

Ibrahimovic, who has won league titles and domestic cup competitions with Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan and PSG, will not be adding England to his list of countries to play in, having admitted to holding talks with clubs in the Premier League in the past.

"And with my own thinking, when I went to Milan I was speaking to some English clubs, but it didn't end up with me coming to England. The day I stop football, I won't look back and think maybe I should have played in England," he added.

Ibrahimovic, who revealed two years ago that he turned down the opportunity to sign for Arsenal in 2000 after manager Arsene Wenger only offered the Swede a trial, will not look back on his career with any regrets having not played in the Premier League.

"I have respect for the Premier League, a great competition with good individual players and I haven't been part of it... I've made stories in other countries. It's nothing that I regret," he said.

"This is my last contract in Europe, so to win it I have to win the Champions League with Paris. The day I leave Paris, I either go down a level or quit football. I'm very happy. I have a contract until 2016 and, after that, I don't know the future. Maybe my mind is old. Maybe I'm tired. I don't know. It's far away from today."

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