LA Galaxy president Chris Klein confirms Zlatan Ibrahimovic wants to stay in Europe

by Leo Nieboer

LA Galaxy chief Chris Klein has confirmed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic wants to play in Europe and not in the MLS next season.

Talks of a possible move to Los Angeles for the Swede emerged after he was released by Manchester United in the wake of a knee ligament injury in April.

However, Jose Mourinho has recently hinted towards handing Zlatan a short term contract once he makes a full recovery in January.

And Klein, speaking earlier this week, has confirmed that the MLS side would have to wait for at least another season before securing his services.

“We have an incredible relationship with Zlatan and his agent. He loves our club, and he loves L.A.,” he said.

“We have an interest in him. I think, for now, he wants to stay in Europe. Our doors are open for a player like that. We have rights to him in our league. We’ll see where that goes.”

LA Galaxy can only think about bringing Zlatan to California when the 35-year-old, if ever, decides that he has had enough of life of the top – or perhaps when life at the top proves too much for the big Swede. The former seems more likely.

Right now, however, Ibrahimovic has his eyes set on reasserting himself on Mourinho’s line-up as soon as possible. His uniquely bombastic influence on proceedings is irreplaceable and, with the striker nearly 36, soon to be a thing of the past, and supporters should cherish every second of Zlatan being on the pitch next season. They will not see a player even remotely like him ever again.

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