Sunday 22 October 2017

Ibrahimvoic contract discussions take a twist as LA Galaxy talks are stepped up

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent Mino Raiola is reportedly in America to discuss a move to LA Galaxy, with the Swedish striker continuing to stall on signing a contract extension with Manchester United.

Ibrahimovic and Raiola are holding out for a two-year contract from United, but the Old Trafford club have been reluctant to upgrade the one-year deal they have offered to the 35-year-old striker who has been a big hit in his first season in English football.

While Ibrahimovic appears to be keen to end his career at United if he gets the contract he is looking for, Raiola is currently looking at all options as they prepare to make a decision on the player's future.

In an interview with Fox Sports, Ibrahimovic declined to confirm where he would be playing next season, as he offered up these comments over his future:

"You never know, but I'm happy here," he said. "Let's just wait and see what happens."

The LA Galaxy links remain very much alive, but reports in America suggests the Californian club are reluctant to match the £260,000-a-week deal Ibrahimovic is collecting at United this season.

Yet his eagerness to end his playing days in America has been confirmed in the past, with Ibrahimovic offering up these comments on a possible move to Major League Soccer last year.

"It's a huge option for me," said Ibrahimovic, as he pondered the prospect of finishing his career in America.

"For the football and everything else. I can see myself conquering the US as I have with Europe.

"Lots of people stay in one place throughout their career, but I’ve travelled around like Napoleon, and conquered every new country where I’ve set foot.

"So perhaps I should do what Napoleon didn’t and cross the Atlantic and conquer the States as well."

Meanwhile, United legend Gary Neville believes the Old Trafford club should hand Ibrahimovic the two-year deal he wants, as they need to keep hold of the player who has scored 26 goals so far this season.

When asked by Omnisport whether Ibrahimovic was worthy of an extended deal despite his veteran status, Neville said: "I'd say yes. Because of the professionalism, the training and his commitment to the club.

"I think United needed personalities and characters after what happened in the previous few seasons. A lot of United's success has revolved around him.

"What I would say is, it will be impossible for him to play every single match in that period."

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