Finishing the 2018 MLS season with 22 goals in 27 matches, Zlatan Ibrahimovic proved that LA Galaxy made the right move when they lured him to the United States from Manchester United. But, if Galaxy wants to keep Ibrahimovic in 2018, the club will have to make some effort.
During the end-of-season meetings, Ibrahimovic told reporters that there is an interest for his services from European clubs, but that his priority is Galaxy. The 37-year-old striker also said that he would stay in MLS if LA meets his “wishes and demands.”
“I have some wishes and demands which [are] simple things,” – said Ibrahimovic. “There is interest in Europe, but my priority is Galaxy. They have wishes, I have wishes, but I’m optimistic, and I’m positive.“
“If I belong to Galaxy, I am a Galaxy player. If I belong to one club, I give my attention to one club, so I am here,” – he added.
It is believed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s “wishes and demands” include a bigger salary, considering the fact that he is only earning $1.5 million a year according to his current contract. However, if LA Galaxy wants to boost his pay, the team will have to say goodbye to one of their designated players; Giovani dos Santos, Jonathan dos Santos or Romain Alessandrini.
The good news for Galaxy fans is that the team is already working on a new contract with Ibrahimovic, with president Chris Klein saying that the initial talks have been “promising.”
“What he did this year is certainly well documented,” – said Klein. “He wants to win and we want to win with him. Hopefully, we can come to a resolution that is good for both sides.“