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Zlatan Ibrahimovic mum but optimistic on LA Galaxy future

MLS: Los Angeles Galaxy at Minnesota United FC Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Speaking with the assembled media outside the Jim Beam Champions Lounge, LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic painted a positive picture of his future with the club and revealed a few precious bits of information in the process.

After the Galaxy failed to make the MLS Cup playoffs speculation was ripe Ibra might not stick around next year. Potentially the biggest hurdle to Zlatan’s return? Following a MVP caliber season in which Ibrahimovic bagged 22 goals and 10 assists and became the face of the league, the Swedish target striker is due a massive raise and LA don’t have a Designated Player spot available.

Yes Zlatan may have kept silent on his demands, but for the big Swede to acknowledge he’s on the same page as the Galaxy and isn’t worried about negotiations bodes well for the club.

How LA plan on opening up a DP spot is up in the air. The most likely scenario would involve the club shipping out Giovani dos Santos, a reality his brother and teammate Jona dos Santos is aware of.

There have also been rumors Zlatan was seeking a winter move to AC Milan. As we hinted yesterday, Ibrahimovic reiterated he would not go out on loan as a LA Galaxy player.

Additionally as Kevin Baxter points out, Zlatan wants to win.

Sounds to us like Ibra is all-in on next season. We’ll keep you updated.