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Zlatan rules out January return to Premier League

2018-11-07 15:52
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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Cape Town - Los Angeles Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has ruled out a loan return to the Premier League or any other European club during the January transfer window.

The former Manchester United striker has just completed his first season in Major League Soccer, where he hit 22 goals in 27 matches for the Galaxy.

The 37-year-old has a contract that runs through 2019 but he says he has no interest in following in the footsteps of the likes of David Beckham (Galaxy to AC Milan in '09 and '10), Landon Donovan (Galaxy to Everton in '10 and '12), Robbie Keane (Galaxy to Aston Villa in '12) and Jermain Defoe (Toronto to Tottenham in '14) by signing a short term loan deal.

After LA fell short of making a playoff berth on 28 October, the player is now on a break until the MLS resumes next season.

Speaking to reporters, he said: "If I belong to Galaxy, I am a Galaxy player. I don't go abroad and do these things - loan and this...I don't need that.

"I mean if I belong to one club, I stay in one club. I focus on that club and I give all my attention to that club, so that is not in my mind.

For me to return, I want to be able to challenge for the trophy. I am not here for a vacation. I am here for the challenge.

"I want to feel I have a chance to be the best in MLS - my team, not me, because I am the best. I want to feel my team against the other ones."

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