Thiago Silva believes Zlatan Ibrahimovic would be taking a step down if he left Paris Saint-Germain for the Premier League.
Ibrahimovic, whose contract at PSG expires at the end of the campaign, has been strongly linked with the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea.
Reports this week suggested the Swede would be interested in a move to Man United but only if Louis van Gaal leaves the club. Speaking about a potential departure, PSG team-mate Silva insisted a switch to England would be a backwards step for Ibrahimovic.
“He is one of the best in the world, he is unique, there is not another player like him. Of course I want him to stay at PSG, I cannot imagine us without him,” Silva said.
“I know he has offers from England – and it is a big league – but I don’t think there is a team in England that is at the level of PSG at the moment. For me it would be a step down in quality for him.”
PSG may well be better than United at the moment but the competitiveness of the Premier League in comparison to Ligue 1 is impossible because they are worlds apart. Having won the French League four years in succession, Ibrahimovic may be tempted to challenge himself in England.
The striker’s wages are said to be hefty but United have the funds should Ibrahimovic want to move to Old Trafford. He is entering the twilight of his career yet Ibrahimovic is the sort of player you can’t simply ignore if he’s available.