Zlatan: “I Could Finish My Career in MLS”

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is currently playing for one of the most famous football clubs in the world, Manchester United. However, as the 35-year old Swede inches closer to the end of his stellar career, there is one challenge left that he wants to try and conquer.

“Lots of people stay in one place throughout their career, but I’ve travelled around like Napoleon, and conquered every new country where I’ve sat foot,” said Ibrahimovic, according to PA Sport. “So perhaps I should do what Napoleon didn’t and cross the Atlantic and conquer the States as well.”

Zlatan has the option to stay in England until the end of the 2017-18 European season, but the results haven’t been easy to come by in Manchester, as the team struggles to adapt to yet another new manager — in this case, Jose Mourinho. He has been heavily linked to a move to Major League Soccer, possibly with an upstart Miami franchise that has David Beckham’s backing.

“It’s a huge option for me,” Ibrahimovic added. “For the football and everything else. I can see myself conquering the U.S. as I have with Europe.”

His plan to conquer England isn’t going as smooth as he had hoped, though. United currently sit in sixth place after 12 games, a full nine points behind leaders Chelsea. Despite the rocky start, Ibrahimovic doesn’t regret answering the call for Mourinho — the two previously worked together at Inter Milan.

“The team I signed for this summer is not as strong as the one I left, but when Mourinho called the decision was easy,” said Ibrahimovic. “When he calls I have no problem coming, all we had to decide was when I was to be presented as a Man U player. The rest, the financial deal, was not the difficult part.

“It was about the challenge really, and I will never say no to a challenge. This is what I wanted; coming to one of the world’s biggest clubs, that has had troubles and not won much of late, and try the Premier League. That is the challenge.”

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