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Zlatan Ibrahimovic gives conditions for coming out of international retirement to play at World Cup

Zlatan Ibrahimovic gives conditions for playing at World Cup
Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Coming out of international retirement? (Getty)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he can play at this summer’s World Cup if he wants, but he’s yet to make a decision.

The Swedish striker retired from international duty following Euro 2016 and played no role in their qualification campaign for Russia.

But with Sweden having made it to the finals, talk of Ibrahimovic coming out of retirement this summer has been growing.

The striker’s move from Manchester United to MLS side LA Galaxy, which was completed this week, should give him more opportunities to build up his fitness as he recovers from injury. The last time he played for the Red Devils was on Boxing Day.

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Ibrahimovic has now spoken out about the possibility of playing at the World Cup, claiming that Sweden will welcome him back with open arms. But the 36-year-old says he must feel fit and have the desire.

‘If I feel well, capable of giving what I can, the door will always be open. If I want to I’ll be there, if not no,’ he told the official MLS website.

‘I want to play football, we’ll see what happens. They call me every day, they ask me how am I doing, but we need to take a step at a time. I repeat if I feel well and if I want to, I’ll be there.’

Zlatan Ibrahimovic gives conditions for playing at World Cup
Ibrahimovic is Sweden’s all-time top scorer (Getty)

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Ibrahimovic has made 116 appearances for Sweden and scored 62 goals, making him the nation’s all-time leading scorer.

Sweden are in Group F with Germany, South Korea and Mexico.

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