Zlatan Ibrahimovic: If I don't stay, nobody will remember what MLS is

MLS needs Zlatan Ibrahimovic to stay with the LA Galaxy to remain relevant, the veteran superstar claims as his contract is set to expire.

Published : Oct 25, 2019 18:21 IST

Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action for LA Galaxy.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action for LA Galaxy.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action for LA Galaxy.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic potentially aimed a parting shot at MLS as he discussed his Galaxy future after LA's playoff loss to rival Los Angeles FC.

The 38-year-old, who scored 30 goals in the 2019 regular season to lead the Galaxy back to the postseason, was on target on Thursday but could not save his side from a 5-3 derby defeat.

It was the Galaxy's first El Trafico reverse as LAFC, the Supporters' Shield winners, took a huge stride toward a first MLS Cup triumph.

Ibrahimovic's contract with Los Angeles expires December, and he has not been shy in talking up a possible return to Europe, with former club Manchester United linked along with a host of Serie A sides.

The former Sweden star insisted a new deal with the Galaxy does not depend on financial terms, despite having become a Designated Player heading into this season.

However, in typically bold fashion, he suggested MLS would be forgotten quickly if he were no longer playing in the league.

"It's not about money," he said. "I have another two months [on my contract]. We'll see what happens.

"[If I stay], then MLS is good, because the whole world will watch it. If I don't stay, nobody will remember what MLS is."

Ibrahimovic has scored 53 goals in 58 MLS games for the Galaxy, including the playoffs, since signing from Manchester United early last season.

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