Tuesday 23 January 2018

Zlatan Ibrahimovic reveals his ambitions to link up with David Beckham in the MLS

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (L) celebrates with David Beckham during their time at Paris Saint-Germain
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (L) celebrates with David Beckham during their time at Paris Saint-Germain

Tom Rooney

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is yet to kick a ball as a Manchester United player but has already strongly hinted as to where he’d next like to play after his stint at Old Trafford comes to an end.

Ibrahimovic missed United’s often farcical tour of China last week having been given an extended pre-season hiatus by Jose Mourinho, though has rarely been far from the limelight in that time.

Since arriving in Manchester as a free agent following a successful spell at PSG, the 34-year-old, who signed a one-year deal with the three-time European Champions, had, in the interim, enjoyed a sun-kissed jaunt on America’s west coast before returning to England.

And, as it turns out, the Swede might be of a mind to enjoy a more prolonged period stateside in the near future.

Ibrahimovic and United legend David Beckham were teammates in Paris for a brief time and the striker has said he would be very interested in reuniting with the former Real Madrid midfielder.

Beckham, of course, is head of a consortium hoping to bring a club to Miami as part of the MLS’s expansion and, according to Ibrahimovic, the ex -England skipper has already tried to recruit him.

“David is a good friend of mine, and he has asked me to play for his (Miami) team,” he told Goal.

“I know that teams from the MLS were interested, but the opportunity to play for Manchester United, and of course to work with my good friend Jose Mourinho again, was impossible to turn down.

“I would never rule out the MLS in the future. I have a contract with Manchester United, but I feel in great shape. I feel as though I could play until I am 40. It is impossible to predict the future.”

Following the belated cancellation of their International Champions Cup derby with Manchester City in Beijing, United are home to prepare for their friendly against Galatasaray on Saturday in Gothenburg, where it is hoped that Ibrahimovic will make a first appearance for the club in front of a sold out stadium of his compatriots. 

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