LA Galaxy president Chris Klein was careful to neither confirm or deny rumours claiming Zlatan Ibrahimovic will move to the MLS in March.
The 36-year-old has endured a difficult second season at Old Trafford, returning from injury in November but only managing two starts before aggravating his knee problem again.
Reports have claimed that Zlatan has already agreed a deal with LA Galaxy ahead of the MLS season beginning in March, although Jose Mourinho has dismissed the rumours, insisting the Swede had said nothing to him about a move away.
And Klein was decidedly coy about the potential deal when asked about it earlier this week.
“We’re nowhere,” he said. “We wouldn’t comment on it.”
And when asked whether he could confirm whether talks with the forward were taking place, Klein said: “We wouldn’t [confirm that]. It’s unfair, because he’s contracted to another club.”
The idea of Zlatan jumping ship mid-season to the flushing Californian meadows for a more languid pace of football doesn’t make too much sense. Such a move would be tantamount with admitting his second year at Old Trafford was a write off, a mistake, and that he no longer belongs at the highest level.
And while his eyes may have been too big for his stomach, so to speak, when it came to his early return, you doubt that Zlatan will be willing to throw in the towel just yet.