Zlatan keeps media guessing about his future

STOCKHOLM • Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic has remained tight-lipped about his future, telling press reporters yesterday that he will let them know his plans when he is good and ready.

Rumours linking the 34-year-old free agent to Manchester United and Swedish club Malmo, as well as speculation that he would announce the end of his international career, have gathered steam, but he avoided discussing his future.

"I want you to still write a lot of stories, so I get excited when I see them, because I want to see who is making up the best story," he said at Sweden's training camp, where the side are preparing for Euro 2016 in France.

"When I'm tired of it, I'll let you know where I will go."

The striker did refute a suggestion that he might play half a season for his first club Malmo before joining another side at the beginning of next year.

"I'm still not interested in the Allsvenskan (Swedish league). I'm too good for the Allsvenskan," he said, without giving any more hints about his next destination.

Speaking in the west coast town of Bastad, where the Swedes are training ahead of their final pre-tournament friendly against Wales, Ibrahimovic stonewalled questions from reporters about his post-Euro 2016 plans.

On international retirement, he replied: "It's nothing I've thought about, nothing I've invested any energy in."

Sweden's all-time leading scorer did, however, reveal that he was back in full training following a calf-muscle injury that caused him to miss the 0-0 draw with Slovenia in Malmo on Monday.

With the US State Department warning about possible attacks in Europe during events like the European Championship, Ibrahimovic said he is not unduly worried.

"After the tragic events in Paris (last November), the security has been heightened considerably, you see military guys on the street," he explained. "Ahead of this championship, I know that they have stepped it up a lot. One doesn't want something to happen. I believe the security will be in place."

Sweden have been drawn in Group E of the June 10-July 10 tournament alongside Belgium, Italy and Ireland, who they play first at the Stade de France on June 13.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 02, 2016, with the headline 'Zlatan keeps media guessing about his future'. Print Edition | Subscribe