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23rd Jun 2017

Excited Americans think tweet means Zlatan is LA bound… but NOT to the Galaxy

Reading far too much into it...

Simon Lloyd

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is to be released by Manchester United in a few days.

Despite finishing the season as their top scorer, the knee ligament injury he sustained in the Europa League game with Anderlecht torpedoed his hopes of a one year extension to his current deal.

As we told you earlier this month, this doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll never play for United again. It’s understood that he will use the club’s facilities as he continues his rehabilitation and, if this proves successful, could be handed a short-term deal to stay at the club until the end of next season.

Despite this, talk of a move to Major League Soccer refuses to die down. Reports continue to link the Swede with a move to LA Galaxy, possibly in time for the start of their 2018 season in March.

With this in mind, you can probably see why people were getting excited by a tweet sent by Zlatan’s sportswear company, A-Z.

‘Welcome to Los Angeles,’ the graphic read, with the tweet saying ‘The journey continues’. The tweet was seen by many as a major clue that Zlatan was California-bound, some even went as far as saying such a deal had already been agreed and that the person responsible for A-Z’s Twitter account had accidentally let the news slip a few days early.

Whereas most were quick to assume that this meant the 36-year-old would be a Galaxy player before long, others pointed out that the choice of colours used in the graphic could be a clue that he was on the cusp of joining LA’s other team. (Yes, we know that sounds ridiculous.)

Imaginatively named Los Angeles FC are due to make their MLS bow at the start of next season, and it’s already known that their colours will be black and gold. With the lettering in Zlatan’s sportswear company’s tweet appearing in a similar colour, some were jumping to conclusions.

Sadly though, a look back at some of his other tweets reveal that A-Z’s fondness for gold lettering isn’t something new…

As giddy as some of these soccer fans might be about his potential arrival in LA, we think this is probably more to do with his clothing line moving there instead.

For now, there’s no news.