Manchester United have announced the re-signing of Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The big Swede has inked a new one-year deal with the Red Devils after he showed good signs of recovery following his knee injury.
Ibrahimovic, 35, notched 28 goals in 46 outings during his maiden season with United last term whilst helping the club to Community Shield and EFL Cup success. He also contributed towards the Europa League run, but sustained a knee damage during the quarterfinal against Anderlecht.
United released him earlier in June knowing that he may not be available until December at least, but the club have now taken the step to re-sign on a year’s contract amid reports that he could take the playing field as early as October.
“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,” Ibrahimovic told the club’s official website.
Ibrahimovic is likely to play second fiddle to Romelu Lukaku during the course of the season, but he could be deployed in a two-striker partnership if Mourinho opts to change to a three-man backline. Meanwhile, the Champions League is said to be another reason behind Ibrahimovic’s return with Mourinho keen to utilise his experience in the knock out stage of the competition.