Released Zlatan to continue rehab at Man U

Lynette Rowe
June 12, 2017

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's time as a Manchester United player has seemingly come to an end, with confirmation coming on Friday afternoon that the Swede has been released by the Red Devils.

Ibrahimovic scored 28 objectives, including a victor in the EFL Cup last against Southampton, before suffering a knee injury throughout United's Europa League quarter-final versus Anderlecht.

The Swede was not on United's retained list which was released this week, signalling his imminent departure. The retained list is produced by every club and shows which players are being let go at the end of their current contracts on June 30. He would have triggered a one-year extension to his £19 million annual wages if he had played 31 Premier League games, but only reached 27 before the injury.

No fewer than two European clubs have expressed interest in hiring the services of Zlatan Ibrahimovic after Manchester United put him up on free transfer yesterday.

"He can still play for many years", added the Hong Kong-born Fu.

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Ibrahimovic enjoyed a fine debut campaign in English football, scoring 28 goals in all competitions for the club and winning three trophies, but the season-ending injury suffered against Anderlecht has raised questions over his future at United.

Ibrahimovic is expected to return to action in 2018 and could have a full pre-season before the MLS season restarts in March.

The 35-year-old put in some occasionally inconsistent performances, and he missed 18 "big chances", more than any other player, according to the Premier League's official website.

He is now recovering from knee ligament damage and had not been offered an extension to his Old Trafford deal as he is expected to miss the start of next season on the sidelines.

They sent a message to the Puskas Award victor, asking "Ibra, how many RTs for you to sign for Chamois?", which has so far garnered over 1,300 retweets from football fans wanting to see Ibrahimovic turn out in their all-blue strip.

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