Zlatan Ibrahimovic keeping door open for World Cup return with Sweden

Sport360 staff 15:14 24/03/2018
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The Swede had retired from international duty in 2016.

The prospect of Zlatan Ibrahimovic lining up for Sweden in the upcoming World Cup in Russia still remains a possibility if the star-striker’s words are anything to go by.

The Swede retired from international duty in 2016 after his side’s group-stage exit in the Euros.

The 36-year-old completed his move to Major Soccer League (MLS) outfit LA Galaxy on Friday after his contract with Manchester United was terminated following a season hampered by injuries.

With the country having qualified for the event in Russia courtesy a playoff victory over Italy, Ibrahimovic is keeping the door ajar for his international return.

“The main focus now is the Galaxy, to settle in, to get to know my new team-mates, to get to know the club, to get to know the city,” Ibrahimovic told MLSsoccer.com upon the completion of his move to the Los Angeles franchise.

“When I feel comfortable there, you take the next step. They’re calling me every day, asking how do you feel, what do you want, what are you thinking, how’s the situation?

“But it’s one step at a time. If I feel good and I feel able and I can do what I know I can do, the door will always be open.

“It has nothing to do with the other (Sweden) side, it’s about this side, about me. If I want, I’m there. If I don’t want, I’m not. But it’s one thing at a time.

“I’m hungry to play football. When I do that then we’ll see what happens.”

In 116 appearances for Sweden, Zlatan has scored 62 goals and he remains the country’s record scorer.

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