Monday 19 March 2018

Done deal! Manchester United confirm the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a free transfer

Zlatan Ibrahimovic in his new strip
Zlatan Ibrahimovic in his new strip
Zlatan Ibrahimovic poses with the Manchester United kit
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Manchester United have confirmed the long awaited signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the former Paris Saint-Germain striker completed a medical on Friday afternoon.

The 34-year-old was seen at United's Carrington training ground upon agreeing terms with the 20-time English champions after retiring from international football last week.

Ibrahimovic worked with new United manager Jose Mourinho during their time at Internazionale with both promising to reunite at some point in their future careers.

The Swede ended months of speculation on Thursday evening by posting a picture on his Instagram page of the United badge with a caption that said: "Time to let the world know. My next destination is @ManUtd."

The north west club have followed by announcing the news on Twitter, posting a video of Ibrahimovic emerging from red mist to proclaim: "It's Zlatan time."

The former Barcelona striker said: "I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester United and am looking forward to playing in the Premier League. It goes without saying that I cannot wait to work with Jose Mourinho once again. He is a fantastic manager and I am ready for this new and exciting challenge.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my career so far and have some great memories. I am now ready to create more special memories in England."

Mourinho, meanwhile, added: "Zlatan needs no introduction. The statistics speak for themselves. Ibra is one of the best strikers in the world and a player who always gives 100 per cent.

"He has won the most important league championships in the world of football, now he has the opportunity to play in the best league in the world and I know he will grasp this opportunity and will work hard to help the team win titles. I am certain that his talent will delight fans at Old Trafford next season and that his experience will be invaluable in helping to develop the younger players in the squad."

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