Zlatan Ibrahimovic Reportedly Rejected LA Galaxy, Wants Manchester United Return

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJuly 16, 2017

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - MAY 24:  Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United applauds during the UEFA Europa League Final match between Ajax and Manchester United at Friends Arena on May 24, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has reportedly rejected a £6.5 million contract offer from Major League Soccer outfit Los Angeles Galaxy in the hopes he can return to play at Manchester United.

Italian outlet Calciomercato.com reported the Swede turned down the American club's approach in order to keep alive his quest to return to the Red Devils (h/t Uche Amako of the Daily Express).

Ibrahimovic played the 2016-17 campaign at Old Trafford but saw his season cut short in April after suffering a serious knee injury and isn't expected to return to fitness until later this year.

The attacker had the option to extend his United stay by another year before injury put those plans on hold, although Ibrahimovic's record for the Red Devils, per Squawka, would be desired by the club's hierarchy:

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OFFICIAL: Jose Mourinho has confirmed it's "possible" Zlatan Ibrahimovic will sign a new contract with Man Utd after recovering from injury. https://t.co/zQJykOsV54

Manager Jose Mourinho recently admitted it's possible the 35-year-old could be offered a new contract to come back to Old Trafford once recovered from his injury. 

Per MailOnline's Chris Wheeler, the Portuguese tactician said during United's pre-season tour of the United States:

"It's possible. It's open. Of course, we wanted to be honest and open for him to make a decision in case his desire was to leave.

"There was not a new contract, but there was a space of time for everybody to think, feel and decide.

"From his point of view, he made the decision of wanting to play football still at the highest level. He didn't want to hide behind such an amazing injury. It would be easy to hide behind it and stop and go to a different level of football. He did not want that.

"He made the challenge for himself to keep playing at the highest level."

The veteran frontman posted to his Instagram account last month in tribute to his time as a Red Devil, although Everton's Romelu Lukaku has since been signed as his £75 million successor:

It's plausible that Ibrahimovica character widely known for his competitive nature and urge to play among the best in the worldcould be motivated to make a comeback in the Premier League and under Mourinho once more.

News of him rejecting a move to one of Major League Soccer's biggest outfits will be welcomed as a sign he's not yet ready to accept a drop in playing quality, with Ibrahimovic's Old Trafford career perhaps not done just yet.