The much-vandalised statue of Zlatan Ibrahimovic is staying in Malmo.

Committee members from the Swedish city’s council met on Monday to discuss proposals from local citizens about where to move the statue of the football player from its current location outside the stadium.

The three-metre tall bronze statue has been repeatedly attacked since Ibrahimovic become a part-owner in Hammarby, a Stockholm-based team and a rival of the striker’s boyhood club of Malmo.

The most recent act of vandalism saw the statue cut off at the ankles, leading to it being removed in early January for repairs and put in a secret location.

“The sculpture stays in Malmo,” said Frida Trollmyr, the city’s deputy mayor for culture and sports.

“Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a son of Malmo, this is where he belongs.”

Ms Trollmyr said there would now be a process to determine the specific location where the statue will be placed. A final decision will be made in June.

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