Zlatan Ibrahimovic has signed a contract that offers him Designated Player standing forward of the 2019 season, the LA Galaxy introduced on Tuesday.
The previous Sweden worldwide was already below contract for subsequent yr however had chafed over a deal that paid him $1.5 million in 2018, a season wherein he scored 22 objectives and had 10 assists in 27 video games and was nominated type the league’s Most Useful Player award.
“There was a variety of talks, a variety of rumors, a variety of whispers round. However really I by no means left,” Ibrahmivoic mentioned. “I stayed right here, and like I mentioned, I am not completed but with the MLS. I am nonetheless not glad with the result, I’ve issues nonetheless to do.
“I see my first yr as warming up, and I feel that my second yr will probably be completely different. Now I do know the league, I do know my opponents extra, even when they’ve identified me since day one, I understand how to deal with it higher now and I do know what to do. The primary yr was a warming up, this yr, I come to end it.”
Ibrahimovic, 37, joined the Galaxy in March after an extended profession in Europe, the place he performed for Malmo, Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona, Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United.
“We’re very happy to signal Zlatan to a brand new contract that can see him return for the 2019 season,” mentioned Galaxy normal supervisor Dennis te Kloese. “He confirmed his worth final season and we glance ahead to him representing our membership subsequent yr. With Zlatan returning, we are going to proceed to enhance our staff upfront of the season.”
The deal means the Galaxy, which failed to make the postseason after ending seventh within the Western Convention, can have to transfer certainly one of three present DPs — Gio dos Santos, Jonathan dos Santos, and Romain Alessandrini — out of the membership earlier than the beginning of the 2019 season.
“I need to convey the trophy house. I got here right here to go away a stamp and I did not get to try this in my first yr. I am not one which leaves with out successful as a result of in every single place I’ve come, I’ve won,” Ibrahimovic mentioned.