Ibrahimovic completes LA Galaxy move

LA Galaxy have completed the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a free transfer.

Ibrahimovic’s contract was terminated by Manchester United on Thursday, with Galaxy moving quickly to confirm they have signed the legendary striker a day later.

The former Sweden international has suffered with knee ligament problems since 2017 and saw his opportunities at Old Trafford limited following the arrival of Romelu Lukaku.

And, following his release from United, it has been confirmed he will join the Galaxy, with Ibrahimovic looking forward to getting started at his new club.

“I am ready to go now,” he told the LA Times. “First of all, I’m there to play football. I’m not there for something else. My first objective is to play football and do what I’m good at.

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

“I want to be part of it and make it better.

“After being in Europe, winning 33 trophies, playing in the best teams in the world, playing with the best players in the world, I wanted to come to the US and play my game there.

“I wanted people to enjoy my game there and to win. And I chose the Galaxy to do that.”

Ibrahimovic’s arrival was initially announced with an article in the LA Times on Friday, which was accompanied by a picture showing the striker in a Galaxy shirt.

The newspaper also carried a full-page advert purportedly written by the former Barcelona, AC Milan and Ajax man that simply contained the words: “Dear Los Angeles. You’re welcome.”

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And the Galaxy themselves later confirmed the deal, releasing a Twitter video of the player that also features a lion. 

The Galaxy face the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday and then have a week to get their new signing ready ahead of their inaugural derby match with LAFC on March 31.