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Zlatan Ibrahimovic takes 95% pay cut to join Los Angeles Galaxy

25 March 2018

However, despite all of his bravado, the 36-year-old still has questions over his fitness.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has joined Major League Soccer club LA Galaxy after his contract at Manchester United was ended early by mutual consent. "Move over to the US, try the MLS. And I chose the Galaxy to do that".

"I'm excited to come over and to get the experience with the Galaxy and to explore how the football is there".

Beckham and Ibrahimovic briefly played together at PSG and now the 36 year old has revealed that the former England captain advised him to move to the club.

"During this time, I was constantly in contact with him, just staying engaged whether in the phone or in person", Kirovski said.

"He was like: "You should come over, go over, and try it out, play there".

Announcing his departure, United said: "Everyone at the club would like to thank Zlatan for his contribution to the team since his arrival and wishes him well for the future". "I'm training very hard".

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After making the MLS playoffs for eight straight years, the Galaxy slumped to last in MLS - 22nd out of 22 teams - in 2017 and faces new competition in Los Angeles from LAFC, which has won its first two MLS games and will open its brand-new downtown stadium in April. I need to play and I want to play.

"After 20 years in Europe, playing for the best clubs in the world with the best players in the world, I have been winning so much, when I think what I have collected, it is time to move to a different continent".

Ibrahimovic also showed his motivation in the financial aspects of his move.

Metro newspaper in London reported him saying, 'I made a decision to sign with Galaxy because I think it's the right place for me, ' he told the club's official website.

Ibrahimovic will occupy an global roster spot with the Galaxy.

LA has an intriguing collection of talent to provide service for Ibrahimovic, including French winger Romain Alessandrini, who became one of MLS' best overall players last season in his Galaxy debut.

Ibrahimovic also confirmed he hasn't ruled out a return to the Swedish national team for the World Cup this summer despite retiring from the worldwide game in 2016, saying that "the door will always be open".

Zlatan Ibrahimovic takes 95% pay cut to join Los Angeles Galaxy