Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed he will not follow in the footsteps of a host of MLS players by pursuing a loan move to a European club in January.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic finished his first campaign in the MLS with 22 goals in 27 games.
However, with the 37-year-old contracted to Galaxy until the end of next season, he insists that he will not tread the path set by the likes of David Beckham, Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane by returning to Europe on a short-term loan.
“If I belong to Galaxy, I am a Galaxy player,” Ibrahimovic said. “I don’t go abroad and do these things – loan and this… I don’t need that.
“I mean if I belong to one club, I stay in one club. I focus on that club and I give all my attention to that club, so that is not in my mind.”
With talks ongoing over a new contract, Ibrahimovic says he wants to be competeing for trophies with Galaxy if he is to stay after the club missed out on a place in the MLS play-offs on the final day of the regular league season.
“For me to return, I want to be able to challenge for the trophy,” Ibrahimovic said. “I am not here for a vacation. I am here for the challenge.
“I want to feel I have a chance to be the best in MLS – my team, not me, because I am the best. I want to feel my team against the other ones.
“In the long term, I don’t know how it looks like. It is new for me – I am here six or seven months.
“But the club knows all my wishes and all my demands. It is up to them what they want. But they are positive and they have been very good to me. They have helped me and my family with whatever I need.
“Let’s say I am not worried.”