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LA Galaxy’s new signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic has taken out a full-page advert in the Los Angeles Times to announce his arrival at the club, according to a post on Twitter from ESPN FC’s Dale Johnson:
Dale Johnson @DaleJohnsonESPN
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has taken out a full page advert in the @latimes announcing his arrival at LA Galaxy. Classic Zlatan. https://t.co/TeFXM2De7e
The spread, which is entirely blank apart from the phrase “Dear, Los Angeles, You’re welcome,” accompanied by the player’s signature and the club crest, comes less than 24 hours after Sky Sports first reported news of the switch.
“After being in Europe, winning 33 trophies, playing in the best teams in the world, playing with the best players in the world, I wanted to come to the U.S. and play my game there,” Ibrahimovic said, per Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times. “I wanted people to enjoy my game there and to win. And I chose the Galaxy to do that.”
Manchester United agreed to terminate the Swedish star’s contract with immediate effect to facilitate the transfer, per Lyall Thomas for Sky Sports. Ibrahimovic leaves Old Trafford having started just one Premier League game this season, following a successful debut campaign in England in which the forward scored 28 goals in all competitions.
His new deal at LA Galaxy reportedly runs until the end of the 2019 season, per Grant Wahl for Sports Illustrated, and Ibrahimovic is excited as evidenced by the unusual means of how he delivered the news to fans in Los Angeles. He had initially announced his intention to leave United via an Instagram post on Thursday:
Zlatan has had a glittering playing career, winning league titles in four different countries and enjoying prominent spells with the likes of AC Milan, Inter Milan, Barcelona, Ajax, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.
Although the Sweden legend—who scored 62 goals for his country in 116 games—is considering coming out of retirement to play again at this summer’s World Cup, it is clear the 36-year-old’s career is winding down. Not only is the MLS a step down from the Premier League, but LA Galaxy finished bottom of the Western Conference last season.
However, the Galaxy have kicked off the 2018 MLS season with back-to-back wins against Portland and NYC FC. Ibrahimovic joins Ashley Cole and Giovani dos Santos to make his new club one of the front-runners for success.
For United, getting Ibrahimovic off the wage bill can only be good news. He was reportedly earning £125,000 per week, per Ian Whittell for The Times, considerably less than the £350,000 per week he was earning the previous campaign. Nevertheless it was a high figure for someone with just 103 minutes of league football in 2017-18.
As the full-page advert might suggest, LA Galaxy are set for an exciting year with Zlatan in their ranks.