Saturday 15 December 2018

Confirmed: Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaves Manchester United as contract terminated with immediate effect

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is on his way to LA Galaxy
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is on his way to LA Galaxy

Manchester United have confirmed the termination of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's contract as the striker prepares to join the LA Galaxy.

A statement from United read: "Manchester United confirms that it has agreed to the termination of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's contract with immediate effect.

"Everyone at the club would like to thank Zlatan for his contribution to the team since his arrival and wishes him well for the future."

Ibrahimovic posted a picture on his Instagram page of him dressed in white and arm wrestling with a red devil, in an apparent nod to United's nickname.

He wrote alongside it: "Great things also come to an end and it is time to move on after two fantastic seasons with Manchester United. Thank you to the club, the fans, the team, the coach, the staff and everybody who shared with me this part of my history. #foreverred".

Ibrahimovic has managed just seven appearances this season since recovering from knee surgery after rupturing his cruciate ligament in April.

His last game was on St Stephen's Day, when he was substituted at half-time of the 2-2 draw at home to Burnley, and although earlier this month he said he was targeting the Champions League last-16 second leg tie with Sevilla he did not make the match-day 18.

Links with MLS have been around since the summer but with his contract ticking down and Ibrahimovic seemingly no nearer making the squad, the time appears right for a move with LA Galaxy the likely destination.

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