Galaxy, Ibra to decide future at end of season
The future of Zlatan Ibrahimovic with the LA Galaxy will be decided at the end of the season, with no talks scheduled before then, the club's general manager, Dennis te Kloese, told ESPN Deportes.
Ibrahimovic has a club-record 26 goals in 25 games this season for the Galaxy, who are looking to clinch a playoff spot as the regular season comes to an end, and any talk of extending the Sweden legend's time in Major League Soccer will have to wait until the season is concluded.
"We've agreed that after the season we will evaluate and look calmly at his personal situation and that of the team," te Kloese said in Spanish.
Ibrahimovic, who has talked up a return to Manchester United, netted a hat trick last weekend as the Galaxy thrashed Sporting Kansas City 7-2 and said afterward that he is the best player in MLS history.
"Zlatan is a very special case," te Kloese stated. "If you watched on Sunday how he helped the team, he is committed to the club, to the fans and it is very special, it's a luxury to have him."
Te Kloese said he believes Ibrahimovic is an important guide to younger players at the club. Recently, a video going viral of the 37-year-old giving tips to youngsters at the Galaxy academy.
"They need guiding, opportunities to play, minutes and, between all us, we're looking after their development, not just on the field, but also off it," te Kloese said. "Someone like Zlatan, with what he's done in his career, can give a lot to those [younger] players. He's been very preoccupied with how the youngsters are getting on."
The Galaxy are currently in fourth position in the Western Conference with four regular-season games left and face Montreal Impact at home on Saturday.