Zlatan Ibrahimović drops hint of return to Spain nine years after leaving Barcelona

Zlatan Ibrahimović has dropped a major hint on his next move after releasing a video claiming a return to Spain on his Instagram account.

The Swedish forward revealed to his 39m followers that he was 'coming back' to Spain, nine years after leaving Barcelona.

That seems to have confirmed his departure from MLS side LA Galaxy, who were beaten by local rivals Los Angeles FC in the post-season play-offs.

On a video posted on his account, a short message says: "Hola España, guess what? I'm coming back."

The striker spent the 2009/10 season at Barca, scoring 21 goals in 45 games across all competitions.

However, following a reported breakdown in relationship between Ibrahimović and then-manager Pep Guardiola, he was loaned out to AC Milan the following campaign before the move became permanent.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic enjoyed nearly two years in Manchester
Zlatan Ibrahimovic enjoyed nearly two years in Manchester

Speculation about his next club has been rife, with a sensational return to Manchester United being rumoured ahead of the January transfer window.

However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was realistic when it came to the possibility of a deal, stating: "If he was 28, not 38 next month it would be a big difference.

"But Zlatan has had a great time here and, of course, he is still doing well and was unfortunate he got his injury here when he did.

"So, who knows? He knows my number. He never rented my house but he was looking at it, and we can speak our native language. If he’s serious I’ll always speak to Zlatan.

"No, I don’t think that will happen. I think he’s had his time at the club and he’s had a fantastic career and I wouldn’t expect him to be serious either when he says that."

Where next for Zlatan?

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