Zlatan Ibrahimovic re-signs for Manchester United
35-year-old Swedish striker has penned a new one-year deal with the Old Trafford club
Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action for Manchester United. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has rejoined Manchester United on a one-year contract. The Swede, who scored 28 goals in 46 appearances last season, before suffering a knee injury, said he had returned to the club “to finish what I started”.
José Mourinho, the Manchester United manager, had hinted in the summer that he would like to see the 35-year-old back in the squad, because of what he offers on and off the pitch. United have already signed Ibrahimovic’s compatriot Victor Lindelof, the Everton striker Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic from Chelsea.
On Thursday, after United had announced the Ibrahimovic news, Mourinho said: “We are delighted Zlatan is on the road to recovery and we are equally delighted to have his ambition and experience back with us. After his contribution last season he deserves our trust and we will be patient waiting for him to return. I have no doubt that he will be important in the second part of the season.”
Ibrahimovic added: “I am back to finish what I started. It was always mine and the club’s intention for me to stay. I cannot wait to get back out on that Old Trafford pitch, but I also know that I have to take my time to make sure that I am ready. I have been working hard and will continue to do so to make sure I am in the best possible condition for my return to the pitch.”