Ibrahimovic To Be Released?
Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic may have played his final game for the club.
The Swede has made just seven appearances for the Red Devils so far this season the last being in the 2-2 draw against Burnley at Old Trafford on Boxing Day – almost three months ago.
But the Manchester Evening News claims that Ibrahimovic could be released before his contract with the club expires on 30 June. He is expected to move to a club in MLS. LA Galaxy have been linked in the past but are by no means the front-runners at this moment in time. They are believed to be hesitant about signing a player whose fitness is a major doubt.
Ibrahimovic suffered a recurrence of the knee injury that saw him ruled out of action from April to November last year. He was substituted at half-time against Burnley but he has since recovered and has been training with the rest of the first-team squad for the past four weeks. But Jose Mourinho hasn’t considered him for the squad.
The 36-year-old was due to appear at a sponsor’s press conference in the centre of Manchester next week but that has been cancelled leading to speculation about his future.
Earlier this month, United boss Jose Mourinho admitted that Ibrahimovic would most likely leave the club when his contract comes to an end.
“For Zlatan we all think it’s his last season at Manchester United,” Mourinho said. The United boss also suggested that the striker believed his recovery hadn’t been sufficient enough for him compete once again at the highest level.
“This season has been really difficult for him,” Mourinho added. “He’s not injured, but does he feel totally happy, ready and convinced that he’s in conditions to help the team in this moment? No.”
Ibrahimovic has hinted that he could be available to make an international return for Sweden at the World Cup finals this summer. However, he hasn’t made the squad for the forthcoming friendlies against Chile and Romania and a lack of first-team football at the highest level means he is unlikely to be considered.