Los Angeles Galaxy are not yet ruling out a potential move for Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimović, with coach Sigi Schmid saying he will only think about a deal “once it happens”.
The 36-year old Swede enjoyed a successful first season in the Premier League, registering 17 goals in 28 games, however injury has prevented him from experiencing the same this season.
Zlatan originally left United in the summer with his one-year deal expiring, after he endured a serious knee injury in April. However, Mourinho resigned the former Milan, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain talisman towards the end of August, given his impressive recovery.
Since then, Zlatan has been missing since Boxing Day having affected the same knee, taking his appearance total for the season to just seven without a goal in the league.
Speculation has suggested Zlatan could look to end his career in the United States for a while now, and speculation continues to mount that LA Galaxy will be the team to bring him to the Major League Soccer.
Despite these links becoming more and more tangible, Schmid has refused to get too carried away just yet. He said;
If it happens, it happens, and once it happens, then we’ll give thought to it.
Right now, it’s preparing the group that I have and preparing the group that I have to win games.
He’s a big player. Big players have an impact on your team, whether that’s Zlatan or whether that’s [Lionel] Messi or a Neymar – guys like that have an impact on your team.
Obviously, he’s been a successful player, he’s won trophies everywhere he’s been, but until it happens, I’m not going to worry about it.
Galaxy president Chris Klein was even less enthusiastic to discuss the prospect of signing the former Sweden captain when asked about whether discussions had progressed. Klein said;
We wouldn’t comment on it.
We wouldn’t. It’s unfair, because he’s contracted to another club.