Ibrahimovic rules out Euro transfer in January

Author: George Ernest Asare
Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has ruled out any possibility of being loaned to any European club in the January  transfer window in Europe during the MLS off-season.

According to the veteran striker, his current club, LA Galaxy know his "wishes and demands" adding that, he  looks forward  to 2019 to continue  playing  for his club.

"If I belong to Galaxy, I am a Galaxy player," Ibrahimovic said. "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."

Ibrahimovic has just completed his first season in Major League Soccer, scoring 22 goals in 27 games for the Galaxy.

The 37-year-old Swedish star who  has a contract through 2019 says he has no interest in following in the footsteps of players like David Beckham (LA Galaxy to AC Milan in 2009, 2010), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy to Everton in 2010 and 2012), Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy to Aston Villa in 2012) and Jermain Defoe (Toronto FC to Tottenham in 2014) by pursuing a short-term loan during the MLS off-season.

The MLS regular season ended on October 28 with disappointment for the Galaxy and Ibrahimovic.

On the final day of the regular season, they surrendered a two-goal lead in a 3-2 loss to the Houston Dynamo that ended their playoff hopes.

"For me to return, I want to be able to challenge for the trophy," Ibrahimovic said. "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.

"In the long term, I don't know how it looks like. It is new for me - I am here six or seven months.

The president of Galaxy  Chris Klein is also optimistic of  keeping  Ibrahimovic, saying, "Our plan is to have Zlatan back with the club. What he did this year is certainly well documented, from the impact he had on our team with 22 goals and 10 assists," Klein said.

"He wants to win and we want to win with him, so our intention is to bring him back and have him as part of our club for 2019.

"We are having conversations. I know that he has certain things that he wants and as a club, it is a priority for us to keep him here."