Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic expressed confidence Tuesday that his stay with the Los Angeles Galaxy will continue into next season.
"I'm in talks with Galaxy," he told reporters during season-ending media availability at the StubHub Center. "They have wishes, I have wishes, but I'm optimistic and I'm positive."
Reports have suggested a move back to Europe for Ibrahimovic, who has another year left on his contract with LA. The Galaxy's season ended with a crushing 3-2 loss to the Houston Dynamo on the last day that left them one point shy of the final playoff berth in the Western Conference.
The defeat appears to have motivated Ibrahimovic to push for more if he is to come back.
"For me to return, I want to be able to challenge for the trophy," he said. "I'm not here for vacation. I'm here for the challenge. I want to feel I have a chance to be the best in MLS -- my team, not me, because I am the best. I want to feel my team can compete against others in a good way."
"It's not a one-man show, it's collective," Ibrahimovic added. "We didn't make it to the playoffs. I think we failed in the objectives that we had."
Ibrahimovic took Major League Soccer by storm this season, scoring 22 goals and 10 assists in 27 games (24 starts) with the Galaxy, who signed the 37-year-old away from Manchester United using Targeted Allocation Money.
Ibrahimovic said he hopes to occupy a Designated Player spot next season.
"It's up to the club, what they want," he said. "I came under special conditions, because there were no other options, but I choose to come. Sometimes you need to come show yourself ... so you need to convince, and I think the results speak for themselves."
"Our plans are to have Zlatan back with the club," Galaxy president Chris Klein said. "What he did this year is certainly well-documented, from the impact that he had on our team, but I'm sure he will relay this to you as well: He wants to win. And we want to win with him."