I’m join­ing Manch­ester United: Ibrahi­movic

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

PARIS—Zlatan Ibrahi­movic said on Thurs­day that he is join­ing Manch­ester United, end­ing in­tense spec­u­la­tion about where the 34-year-old Swedish su­per­star for­ward will be play­ing next sea­son.

Ibrahi­movic, who was a free agent after end­ing a hugely suc­cess­ful stay at Paris Saint-Ger­main, be­comes the se­cond sign­ing of new United boss Jose Mour­inho after that of highly rated Ivory Coast cen­tre-back Eric Bailly from the Span­ish out­fit Vil­lar­real

“Time to let the world know. My next des­ti­na­tion is Manch­ester United,” he wrote on In­sta­gram and Face­book, com­plete with a pic­ture of the United badge, as com­ments ap­prov­ing of the move flooded in in re­sponse.

Ibrahi­movic re­unites with Mour­inho, after they en­joyed a good re­la­tion­ship while to­gether at Ital­ians In­ter Mi­lan.

The Swede had toyed with ques­tion­ers for weeks about where he would be go­ing and it will be his first time play­ing in the Pre­mier League.

Ibrahi­movic, who quit in­ter­na­tional foot­ball after Swe­den crashed out of Euro 2016, has also played at Ajax, Ju­ven­tus, Barcelona and AC Mi­lan dur­ing a ca­reer in which he has be­come as well known for his colour­ful per­son­al­ity as his prow­ess in front of goal.

He had also been linked with a re­turn to AC Mi­lan and his agent had sug­gested that Ma­jor League Soc­cer in the United States was an­other po­ten­tial des­ti­na­tion.

Ibrahi­movic said weeks ago that he knew where he would be play­ing foot­ball next sea­son, but kept the foot­ball world guess­ing — typ­i­cal of his mer­cu­rial per­son­al­ity.

“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 then that he had de­cided “long ago” but dodged all ques­tions about whether that team was Manch­ester United, where Mour­inho has re­placed Louis van Gaal after the Dutch­man’s trou­bled two-year reign at Old Traf­ford came to a bit­ter end.

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