Although he is currently playing for, and committed to, playing for the LA Galaxy, Zlatan Ibrahimovic can’t escape the questions about a return to Europe.
Ibrahimovic joined the MLS’ Galaxy franchise last month, coming over from Manchester United, and he had a debut to remember.
Ibrahimovic is just starting life in Los Angeles, and he isn’t ready, just yet, to return to Europe.
“It’s hard to say,” Ibrahimovic said (h/t ESPN FC). “If you had asked me a year ago, then maybe [moving to MLS] wouldn’t have been possible. So, we’ll see. Everything will depend on how you feel and what you want.
“I’ve been working like that since I was 23. I know how to handle myself. We’ll see, but for the moment, my mind is here. Everyone talks about the future. No one is saying, ‘Great that you can play again.’ So I have to focus on the right things.”
“I’m just going to have fun. Play, go onto the pitch, that’s all that matters since my injury. I’m just happy to be able to play football.”
Ibrahimovic also said he could reverse his decision to retire from international football to play at the World Cup in Russia this summer, but his association with a Sweden-based betting firm may prevent him from competing at the World Cup because of FIFA regulations outlawing such endorsements.
“FIFA can’t stop me,” Ibrahimovic said. “If I want to be there, I’ll be there. It’s the same with the national team. If I want to play, I’ll play. It’s not up to FIFA. It’s up to me and what I want.
“The door is open. I feel I can do it. I know what I can do. If everything goes well, we can talk about it, but it’s not on the agenda right now. I’m just happy to play. I’m in that frame of mind. The fact I’m good in what I’m doing. The other things, I can’t control that.”
The MLS, and it’s potential, remains intriguing for the international star.
“I watched MLS and I was curious what the standard was, what it can become,” Ibrahimovic said. “I had played in the U.S. before but only in preseason, which is nothing like competitive football. I think it was the right decision at this moment in my career.
“You feel good here. The game is less intense here. You can handle it better, control it. But I still want to help, chip in, and above all, win. If I win here, I will have won everywhere.”