'See you soon in Italy': Zlatan Ibrahimovic fuels talk of Serie A return

The rumour mill has been in full swing since the Sweden striker confirmed his departure from Los Angeles Galaxy last month

FILE PHOTO: Oct 24, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic (9) reacts during the second half against the Los Angeles FC at Banc of California Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic may have dropped the biggest hint yet as to his next destination, saying in an interview: "see you soon in Italy".

The rumour mill has been in full swing since the Sweden striker confirmed his departure from Los Angeles Galaxy last month after exiting the Major League Soccer play-offs.

Ibrahimovic has been linked with a host of clubs as he plots the next step in a career that has already taken him from his homeland to nine clubs in the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, France, England and the United States.

However, the 38-year-old former Juventus, Inter and AC Milan forward may have given the strongest hint yet that a return to Serie A may be his next port of call.

"I'll join a club which must get back to winning, which must renew its history and is in search of a battle against everyone and everything," Ibrahimovic told GQ Italia.

"That is the only way I'll be able to find the necessary motivation to surprise you again.

"It's not just about choosing a team, as there are other factors that need to line up, including in the interests of my family.

"I'll see you in Italy soon."

According to reports in Italy, Ibrahimovic has been offered a six-month deal to come to the aid of struggling giants AC Milan, who are 11th in the Serie A table and have failed to qualify for the lucrative Champions League since 2013.

Napoli are also a possible destination as last season's runners-up sit seventh, after a run of six league games without a win.

"I love to make the difference," he added. "I don't just want to do one or two things well, I want to do all of it."

Ibrahimovic played for two seasons between 2010 and 2012 with AC Milan, helping them to their last Serie A title, and scoring 42 goals in 61 league appearances.

He also won three league titles with Inter Milan, and two with Juventus, which were both revoked following the 'Calciopoli' match-fixing scandal.

Last week the Swede became a part-owner of Stockholm club Hammarby, though he said he had no intention of playing for the team in the Allsvenskan, Sweden's top tier.