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Friday 2 December 2016

Zlat' flat on future plans

Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Photo: Reuters
Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Photo: Reuters

Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic has remained tight-lipped about his future at club and international level, stating that he would let know his plans when he was good and ready.

Rumours linking the 34-year-old free agent to Manchester United and Malmo, as well as speculation that he would announce the end to his international career, have gathered momentum but a relaxed Ibrahimovic opted to avoid discussing his future.

"I want you to still write a lot of stories, so I get excited when I see them, because I want to see who is making up the best story," he said at Sweden's training camp, where the side are preparing for the upcoming Euro 2016 finals in France.

"When I'm tired of it, I'll let you know where I will go."

Refute

The Swedish striker did manage to refute a suggestion that he might play half a season for Swedish league leaders and his first club Malmo before joining another side at the beginning of 2017.

"I'm still not interested in the Allsvenskan (Swedish league).

"I'm too good for the Allsvenskan," he stated, without giving any more hints about his next destination after he completed four trophy-laden seasons with French champions Paris St Germain last month.

Speaking in the west coast town of Bastad where the Swedes are training ahead of their final pre-tournament friendly against Wales this Sunday afternoon, Ibrahimovic stonewalled questions about his post-Euro 2016 plans.

"It's nothing I've thought about, nothing I've invested any energy in," he said when asked if he intended to bring his international career to a close.

Sweden's all-time leading goal scorer did, however, reveal that he was back in full training following a calf muscle injury that caused him to miss the 0-0 draw with Slovenia in Malmo last Monday.

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