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LA Galaxy tight-lipped on Zlatan Ibrahimovic after talk of 'huge' announcement

04:39 GMT+3 14/07/2017
Coach Curt Onalfo responded to growing speculation linking the Major League Soccer side with the free-agent superstar

LA Galaxy head coach Curt Onalfo refused to dismiss links with former Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the free agent promised to make a "huge" announcement regarding his future.

Despite being United's top goalscorer in 2016-17, Ibrahimovic was released by the Premier League giants after suffering a serious knee injury in April.

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There has been speculation that United could offer Ibrahimovic a new contract if the 35-year-old proves his fitness as he completes his rehabilitation at Carrington.

And Ibrahimovic's future could be resolved soon after the Swedish star was quoted as telling photographers: "There will be a very big announcement soon, it will be huge."

But whether Ibrahimovic's future includes the five-time MLS Cup champion Galaxy remains to be seen.

Ibrahimovic was linked with the Galaxy before joining United from Paris Saint-Germain last year.

Responding to growing speculation on Thursday, Onalfo told reporters: "Our policy is not to comment on players that are not part of our team."

Asked whether the Galaxy – who have lured David Beckham and Steven Gerrard to StubHub Center in the past – had space for a marquee, Onalfo said: "Absolutely. We always have. The DNA of the Galaxy is to attract world-class players, so we're always looking for one."

The Galaxy – home to former England, Chelsea and Arsenal fullback Ashley Cole as well as Giovani dos Santos – are eighth in the Western Conference, two points adrift of a playoff spot.