Hammarby Hopes to Sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic Once His Deal With AC Milan Expires

Zlatan Ibrahimovic with Galaxy in 2018. Photo by Michael Janosz/ISI/REX/Shutterstock (9697916ac)

Swedish striker and former LA Galaxy star Zlatan Ibrahimovic might return home in order to finish his playing career. At least that’s the scenario Jesper Jansson, sporting director of Allsvenskan side Hammarby, hopes to see.

Back in 2019, Ibrahimovic bought 23.5 percent of Hammarby and remains invested in the club. He also used the recent Seria A suspension to work out with the club in order to maintain fitness. Jansson now believes that wearing Hammarby’s jersey might be the next step for the 38-year-old striker.

“Probably, I think so. But only Zlatan knows,” Jansson told Swedish media outlet Expressen when asked whether Ibrahimovic would be willing to play for Hammarby next season. “At the moment he hasn’t said anything about it, and I certainly don’t have to tell him that we want him here.”

Jansson also explained that he doesn’t expect former Sweden international to make the decision anytime soon, although the club “would like this idea very much.”

After seeing out his deal with Galaxy last year, Zlatan Ibrahimovic decided to return to Europe, signing a short-term deal with AC Milan. And although Ibrahimovic saw a successful start of his second stint with Italian giants, scoring four times in 10 games, there are doubts whether he will remain in the club past this season. Milan is currently rebuilding, and would reportedly like to turn to younger players as part of the process.

Ibrahimovic himself recently admitted that he isn’t sure whether he will stay in Italy, and said that he doesn’t rule out playing again in his native Sweden.