Next destination Manchester United, says Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Star Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic confirmed via an Instagram post on Thursday that he is set to join Premier League club Manchester United after seeing out his contract with French club Paris Saint-Germain.football Updated: Jun 30, 2016 21:09 IST
Star Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic confirmed via an Instagram post on Thursday that he is set to join Premier League club Manchester United after seeing out his contract with French club Paris Saint-Germain.
The 34-year-old will join United on a one-year contract. Manchester United have yet to confirm the move, however.
Ibrahimovic’s international career came to an end after Sweden’s 1-0 loss to Belgium led to their ouster from Euro 2016 in the group stage. Ibrahimovic had announced prior to the game that the European Championship would be his last appearance for Sweden.
The tall Swede finished his career at PSG by helping the club to their second successive treble with two goals in a 4-2 victory over Olympique de Marseille in the French Cup final.
The former Malmo, Ajax Amsterdam, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona and AC Milan striker, wants to add the Premier League title to a trophy cabinet that already includes the Dutch, Serie A, La Liga and Ligue 1 crowns.
Earlier in June, Sky Sports had reported that United would look to make a bid for Ibrahimovic as new manager Jose Mourinho’s first marquee signing. The Swede, however, refused to confirm speculation regarding a possible move to the Manchester club.
Mourinho and Ibrahimovic have worked together before, at Inter Milan in 2008-09, with the manager later saying: “A player who gave me as much as Ibra will always be in my heart. He is very special, one of the best strikers in the world.”
Ibrahimovic, 34, said he knew where he would be playing football next season having left Paris Saint-Germain at the end of this season, but would not say where that will be.
“Yes, I have made my choice,” Ibrahimovic told a press conference at a training camp near Stockholm for the Swedish national team ahead of Euro 2016.
He said he had decided “long ago” but dodged all questions about whether that team was Manchester United.
However, when asked a direct question about whether he has received an offer from United, Ibrahimovic’s hesitancy in answering spoke volumes.
He drummed his fingers on the table, smiled and eventually replied: “Let’s see what happens.”
First Published: Jun 30, 2016 21:05 IST