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Published: 16:52 | 12/6/16

'Legend' Zlatan confident he can deliver

Sweden face Ireland at the Stade de France on Monday

Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic says "the legend can still deliver" ahead of the Euro 2016 Group E opener with Ireland at the Stade de France on Monday.

The 34-year-old, who is playing in his sixth major international tournament, says he is still motivated to improve his game despite 13 league titles since 2001 with Ajax Amsterdam, Juventus (since revoked over the Calciopoli scandal), Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain.

"I am getting better with every year that passes," Ibrahimovic said.

"It's all about developing and learning new things and not being satisfied.

"I want to play on so that I can show that 'the legend' can still deliver. I have been dominating wherever I go, I have no issue about that. I will continue dominating. I go in with a strong season behind me. I come here to enjoy.

"You need the hunger to be a better player. That's when I feel I have accomplished something, when I learn new things. I demands new things and to learn and to work hard on the pitch. I know what I want and I know I will do it - simple as that."

Zlatan played down Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane's comments that he would light up Old Trafford like Eric Cantona if he moved to Manchester United this summer.

"I take it as a compliment because if a player like Roy Keane speaks he knows what he's talking about, he has been in the game," he said.

"For me, with Manchester [United], there is nothing to say. I feel happy for the moment. What the future will be, you will know soon. But I enjoy football. Wherever I go I will be the same person and I will enjoy."

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