Wednesday 25 April 2018

Zlatan Ibrahimovic publicly welcomes Angel Di Maria who could make debut against United

Paris Saint-Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, right, celebrates his goal against Chelsea during the first half of an International Champions Cup soccer match in Charlotte
Paris Saint-Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, right, celebrates his goal against Chelsea during the first half of an International Champions Cup soccer match in Charlotte

Simon Rice

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has publicly welcomed Angel Di Maria to PSG, despite the transfer from Manchester United not yet being completed.

Yet the comments from the mercurial striker provide further evidence that it appears almost certain that Di Maria will make the move this summer.

It emerged last night that Di Maria failed to report for Manchester United's pre-season tour of the United States.

He was due to report in San Jose on Saturday but the £59.7m British record signing did not catch his plane to California and no explanation was given to manager Louis van Gaal for his absence.

Ibrahimovic told Le Parisien: "Welcome to him, he will bring his qualities, he is a good player. With him the team will be better."

Ibrahimovic, who scored against Chelsea in a pre-season friendly on Saturday, has said he will be staying at PSG this summer and reiterated that stance in his latest interview: "I will remain in Paris, where I am happy".

Manchester United are due to play PSG in a friendly on Thursday, a match in which it's possible Di Maria could make his debut for the French club.

PSG manager Laurent Blanc revealed this weekend: "There is a good possibility (he could sign) but there is nothing official.

"There is an anticipation he is going to come to the US but as to which jersey he is going to wear, we don't know yet.

"If he does make a change hopefully it will be for Paris St-Germain."

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