Those rumours that Zlatan Ibrahimovic would make a fairytale return to his first club, Malmo, can be put to bed.
The Swedish striker has confirmed that he won’t be returning to his homeland in true Ibrahimovic fashion.
When he recently said: “I love Malmo and I wish I could play,” it was logical to believe that the Allsvenskan side would be his next destination.
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But that won’t be the case. Ibrahimovic also confirmed that he will play for Malmo again but it won’t be next season.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, the revered forward ruled out a return to the Swedish league.
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“I am too good for Allsvenskan,” he said, per Goal. Well, that’s cleared that up.
Of course Ibrahimovic is too good for Sweden’s top division. The 34-year-old has just completed a season in which he scored 52 goals in all competitions for Paris Saint-Germain.
Just think of the carnage he would cause against the likes of Elfsborg and Djurgarden.
Manchester United rumours
A reunion with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United has been widely reported and it is a move that makes perfect sense. Ibrahimovic has admitted that Premier League clubs have shown an interest and there would be no better way for Mourinho to win over those fans who aren’t a fan of his confrontational style than by signing the striker he worked with at Inter Milan.
Yet Ibrahimovic is cherishing being the centre of attention. Not a day goes by without his name appearing in the back pages of newspapers and that’s exactly how he wants it to be.
“I want you to write stories, they get me excited, and see who can make up the best ones,” he added. “When I get tired of them, I'll let you know where I'll go."
One imagines that Ibrahimovic could leave us waiting for quite a while, just for the fun of it.
Henry reckons Ibra would be a success at Old Trafford
Thierry Henry played with the Ligue 1’s top goalscorer at Barcelona and thinks Mourinho should do everything he can to sign the striker.
"For me it's a no-brainer if they can get Ibrahimovic," Henry told Sky Sports, per Goal. "I've played with the man, he's a great guy, professional, funny.
"When he goes on the field he's an animal but out of it he's a class act. I cannot say anything bad about him and I think he can be a success for United and the Premier League."
There’s no rush for Ibrahimovic to announce his future - if it has been decided. The forward is currently preparing to captain Sweden at the upcoming European Championships.
Erik Hamren’s team were dealt a tough group that will see them face Belgium, Italy and the Republic of Ireland. It’ll certainly take all of Ibrahimovic’s talent to secure qualification for the knockout stage.