Zlatan Ibrahimovic has admitted that he wanted to move to LA Galaxy two years ago, before agreeing to a final swan song to his illustrious career in Europe with Manchester United.
The legendary Swedish striker move to Manchester United in 2016 on a free transfer from PSG to be reunited with Jose Mourinho.
However, having being released from his United contract last week in order to join MLS side LA Galaxy, Zlatan has admitted that he was close to making the move stateside two years ago:
“This move was supposed to happen before Manchester United, my head was here (in LA),” he told reporters.
“But it didn’t happen, so its destiny I’ve ended up here. Los Angeles called and I answered.”
The 36-year-old is expected to make his MLS debut in the LA derby against recently formed side Los Angeles FC at the StubHub Center.
Speaking of his excitement at making his mark in the MLS, he said: “I’m here, I’m available and I want to play.
“I feel like a child that you give candy for the first time who chases candy, but that is me now, I’m chasing the ball.”
Ibrahimovic made just seven appearances this season, but hasn’t featured since Boxing Day after he suffered a recurrence of a knee injury which had previously kept him out for seven months. In total during his spell in the Premier League, he scored 29 goals in 53 appearances for United.