It’s seldom in football to be discussing the future of a 35-year-old free agent with such optimism.
The difference is that this veteran footballer, who will be 36 in October, has made his age nothing more than a distraction to the abilities that he still possesses.
After winning four successive Ligue 1 titles with Paris Saint-Germain, Zlatan Ibrahimovic wasn’t supposed to be playing for a club like Manchester United in the Premier League, at least according to mainstream media.
He was ‘washed up’ and ready for a move to a Major League Soccer club or perhaps to the Far East, despite his stupendous scoring ratio in France.
Of course, the critics were quick to dismiss his accomplishments in the French capital, using the argument of the inferiority of Ligue 1 as an explanation for his exemplary scoring ratio and trophy-laden cabinet.
However, his detractors neglected to mention that goals and trophies have followed Zlatan wherever he has gone in his career.
Take last season as an example. Faced with the apparent added difficulty of the Premier League, Ibrahimovic finished with 17 league goals from 28 appearances, placing him as the club’s top scorer and sixth in the competition overall.
This also takes into account that he missed the last seven games of the Premier League after going down with a knee injury in the Europa League Quarter-Final against Anderlecht.
Which brings us to the next point: where will the next chapter of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s career take place?
We already know that Carrington will be the location of his rehabilitation, despite the fact that Manchester United have officially released him from his contract.
The player’s agent, Mino Raiola, has claimed that offers have come from the MLS, but the Swede wants to continue playing in Europe.
“Many clubs are interested in Ibrahimovic, from MLS in the USA, but also in Italy would be possible,” said Raiola.
“He can play two more years and will stay in Europe, 100%,” said Raiola.
While a move to the MLS or China would be understandable in the twilight of Zlatan’s career, his consistent performances in some of the world’s best leagues over the last few seasons proves that there’s more to be seen at the top level from the legendary striker.