Following media speculations about his club future, Zlatan Ibrahimovic confirms he does not plan to return to Malmo, his hometown club, where he began his career, adding that he is too good for the Swedish league.
The Swedish striker and Manchester United target, told the media that he will only reveal his next club once he is “tired” of reading all the speculations.
At a news conference with the Sweden national team on Wednesday, the striker said:
“I want you to still write a lot of stories.”
“I get excited when I see them because I want to see who is making up the best story. And when I am tired of it, I will let you know where I will go.”
The former PSG striker had fueled the speculation of a return when he told the crowd at Malmo’s Swedbank Stadion on Monday that he would return, having sat out Sweden’s friendly against Slovenia because of a sore calf.
Ibrahimovic, 34, has been linked with a reunion with new United manager Jose Mourinho next season after leaving Paris Saint-Germain, but his agent suggested in recent days that a move to Old Trafford is unlikely.
Some of the speculations on the star has Paul Scholes praising his “character” and “charisma”, while former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen calls him “the perfect fit” because of his record as a serial “winner”. Peter Schmeichel claims the striker is “born to play for Manchester United”.
Ibrahimovic just produced the best goalscoring stand-out season of his career, netting 50 times in 51 appearances for Paris Saint-Germain – some 15 goals more than his next best effort. This is the second best tally of any striker in a major European league.
He was PSG’s top scorer and chief assist provider in the competition, and has repeatedly proven his quality at a high level.
His record is a model of consistency. Ibrahimovic has passed the 30-goal mark in all competitions in each of his last five seasons and scored more than 20 goals for nine seasons in a row at four different clubs.