Zlatan Ibrahimovic Signs A New Deal At LA Galaxy
Zlatan Ibrahimovic had previously been linked with a move back to Europe in the winter but he has now signed a new deal with LA Galaxy, keeping him for the next year.
Wherever he goes Zlatan Ibrahimovic makes an impact and that was no different this year when he moved to the MLS to play for LA Galaxy.
However at the end of the season in America it was rumoured that the Swedish striker's time across the pond wouldn't last long and he would return to Europe in the winter.
Former club AC Milan were rumoured to want him to return to the San Siro until recently but yesterday the former PSG striker confirmed that he would be staying with the Galaxy.
Today the club confirmed in a tweet that they had signed him on to play in the 2019 season:
It's official. He's back.#LAGalaxy sign @Ibra_official to new contract: https://t.co/K3TAE2PxKk pic.twitter.com/5pcScYRXQB
- LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) December 18, 2018
The club statement confirmed his role as a 'designated player' saying, "The LA Galaxy announced today that the club has signed forward Zlatan Ibrahimović to a new contract that will see the Swedish striker return to LA for the 2019 MLS season as a Designated Player."
LA Galaxy General Manager Dennis te Kloese. added, "We are very pleased to sign Zlatan to a new contract that will see him return for the 2019 season. He showed his value last season and we look forward to him representing our club next year. With Zlatan returning, we will continue to improve our team in advance of the season."
MLS clubs are only allowed three 'designated players.' Those designated players' wages exist outside of the current wage cap and allow teams to sign high profile players.
Galaxy have an illustrious history of designated players with David Beckham, Landon Donovan, Juan Pablo Angel, Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane having all been in that category.
The 37 year old striker ended the season with 22 goals and 10 assists in just 27 MLS Regular Season appearances after joining following his brief second spell at Manchester United.
It's now likely that Ibra will finish his playing career in LA, although never rule anything out when it comes to the enigma.