Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic admits he can see himself playing in Major League Soccer and “conquering” the United States in doing so.
Ibrahimovic, 35, is approaching the halfway stage of a one-year deal at United, with the club planning to offer the Swede the included option of a further twelve months should his initial stay be a success.
Zlatan has played for some of the biggest clubs in Europe in Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain before moving to Old Trafford, and it seems he is already eyeing up his next venture across the Atlantic.
“It’s a huge option for me. For the football and everything else. I can see myself conquering the US as I have with Europe,” he said in an interview with Aftonbladet.
“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 set foot.
“So perhaps I should do what Napoleon didn’t and cross the Atlantic and conquer the States as well.”
Despite turning 35 last year, Ibrahimovic has no immediate plans to retire, with his decision to quit international football a factor in prolonging his club career.
Arguably his most successful time in club football came during his spell with PSG, with whom he netted an incredible 156 goals in 180 games, including 50 in 51 appearances in his final season, but insists he has no regrets in his decision to leave France.
“I had it good at PSG; it’s no secret,” he added. We had a strong and good team that got better and better every year,” he said. “But that’s passed now. This is a new chapter now and I’m trying to create the same feeling here.
“The team I signed for this summer is not as strong as the one I left, but when Mourinho called the decision was easy.
“When he calls I have no problem coming, all we had to decide was when I was to be presented as a Man Utd 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.”