The Swedish striker has already spent time in the United States at the LA Galaxy and could retrace those steps if a suitable opportunity was presented

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not ruling out the prospect of returning to MLS at some stage in the near future, with the enigmatic Swede saying “maybe if I come back I’ll have my own club” when quizzed on rumours linking him with a move to join David Beckham at Inter Miami.

An evergreen frontman that is currently in Europe with AC Milan has previously spent two years in America with the LA Galaxy, hitting 53 goals for them in 58 appearances between 2018 and 2019.

It has been suggested, with injuries catching up with him and a contract running down at San Siro, that a retracing of steps to the United States could be made in 2022, with a potential reunion with former Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Beckham in Florida being speculated on.

Did Ibrahimovic enjoy his time in America?

The 40-year-old frontman has never been one to operate in anybody’s shadow, with it clear that any return to the States would require him to be given plenty of freedom to express himself.

He was allowed do that in Los Angeles, but a man that has won major trophies in the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, France and England was not entirely taken with his experience of celebrity in Hollywood.

Ibrahimovic added on his experience in America: “I like people when they hate you because then they bring out the best in you.

“When they hate you, you really know it. But when they like you, you don’t know if it’s genuine. In America, you have a big problem, because everybody is looking for the perfect image. I see athletes with an entourage of 20 people whose job it is to create the perfect image of themselves. But the perfect image is just being yourself.

“People get obsessed with image and they think they live in a movie. But when the movie ends, they don’t get any attention and they’ll suffer. I’m realistic. I’m myself. I know that if I didn’t play football, you wouldn’t be interviewing me.”

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