European Cup victor to leave Manchester United for an unlikely club


Manchester United agreed to the mutual termination of Ibrahimovic's contract on Thursday, paving the way for the 36-year-old to complete his move to California.

"Dear Los Angeles, you're welcome", the enigmatically worded full-page advert read, above Ibrahimovic's signature and a Los Angeles Galaxy logo.

"If Ibrahimovic can't make Los Angeles care about the Galaxy, there isn't a player who can", wrote Dylan Hernandez in the LA Times under the headline "He's hard to ignore".

Ibrahimovic and agent Mino Raiola toyed with the idea of switching to the MLS in 2016 amid interest from the Galaxy, but instead made a decision to try out life in the Premier League with the Red Devils.

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"As one of the winningest players of all time, we believe he'll have a very positive impact on our team", Schmid said after Ibrahimovic signed.

"So I'm just happy to get all these words because it makes it easier for you when you have to choose whatever you want to do for the next step".

"He's giving up a lot to come here", Beckerman told the LA Times. I come to win. "LA is a place for stars, and he's going to be one of the brightest stars that's ever played in this market".

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Despite being in the twilight of his career, few observers would bet against him delivering another MLS Cup for Galaxy before retiring.

But after a knee injury sustained almost a year ago he has managed only seven appearances this season.

"I feel good, I feel good", Ibrahimovic, who won titles in Netherlands, Italy, Spain and France - representing Ajax, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain in the process - said.

"I miss the national team", the 36-year-old former captain said. I'm not there for something else.

Numerous goals he scored for Sweden were stunning strikes, such as a superb overhead kick against England in the first game played at the Friends Arena in Stockholm.

After making the MLS playoffs for eight straight years, the Galaxy slumped to last in MLS - 22nd out of 22 teams - in 2017 and faces new competition in Los Angeles from LAFC, which has won its first two MLS games and will open its brand-new downtown stadium in April.

He'll start next week, when the Galaxy formally welcome him to Los Angeles just three games into their 2018 MLS season.

"I know what I am able to do, I am not anxious about that, the only thing is my knee has to follow what I want to do - and he will follow", he added.