MLS commissioner Don Garber has claimed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has resigned for Italian giants AC Milan.
The 38-year-old announced that he would be leaving Los Angeles Galaxy after they crashed out of this year’s MLS Playoffs. The Swede will be ending an 18-month spell that saw him score 52 goals in 53 games.
Following his announcement, Ibrahimovic has been linked with numerous sides around the world. He has been linked to the Australian club Perth Glory and Manchester United.
However, Graber has indicated to ESPN that the Swede has chosen a return to Milan, saying: “Zlatan is an interesting character. He keeps me very busy & you need this kind of players like what happened with Beckham few years ago.
“He is 38 years old & has now been signed by Milan, one of the biggest clubs in the world.”
Ibrahimovic previously had two successful seasons with the Rossoneri, who are currently 11th in Serie A and on their second manager of the season, scoring 42 goals in two years before moving to Paris Saint-Germain.
Ibrahimovic hints at departure
Nigeriatunes had reported that Ibrahimovic has said that it is too early for him to decide his future at the California-based club.
The 38-year-old, whose contract expires in December, said this following his team’s 5-3 loss to LAFC in the MLS Western Conference semifinals on Thursday.
When asked where he’ll be playing, Ibrahimovic said it’s “too early to speak” on whether he’ll return for another season with the Galaxy.
He said: “I have another two months on my contract. We’ll see what happens. … If I stay, then MLS is good, because the whole world will watch it. If I don’t stay, nobody will remember what MLS is”
Speaking on the outcome of the match, the Swede said: “There was a lot of goals. That’s always exciting and fun, but no one wants to lose.
“The whole season has been, we score a couple of goals and we concede much more than we score. We should be sad and disappointed. We made mistakes and they punished us.”
As Ibrahimovic left the pitch, he seemed to take exception to the fan’s boasting, staring the supporter down while grabbing his own crotch.
When asked about the gesture, Ibrahimovic said: “How many fans came? 30,000? They said something. I’m not being disrespectful, but this is like training for me.
“The stadium is too small for me. This is a walk in the park.”
Since arriving at the Galaxy in 2018, Ibrahimovic has taken the league by storm with his scoring prowess, with 53 goals in 58 matches.
Before arriving to MLS, he had an illustrious career in Europe with stints at Ajax, Inter, Barcelona, Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United.