Despite being in prolific goal-scoring form, the big-Swede sustained a knee ligament injury in United’s Europa League fixture against Anderlecht back in April, and was ruled out for the rest of the season.
The decorated striker underwent a surgery, and earlier reports suggested that he would not be available until new year. Therefore, United decided not to exercise their option to extend his contract into the second season.
Despite releasing the player, however, the club offered him full use of facilities at Carrington training base, and the 35-year-old is continuing his rehabilitation to return to full fitness.
Meanwhile, United manager Jose Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to keep his star striker once he returns from injury, but there has been growing speculations at the other end that Ibrahimovic would seek a new club once he returns to action in the month of January.
The rumour mill has been buzzing about Ibrahimovic’s future recently, however, sources in England claim that the striker is set to put pen to paper on a new contract with the Premier League giants.
Doctors: Zlatan Ibrahimovic out until January 2018 after 'torn ACL' injury
Zlatan in August: pic.twitter.com/9mEj4y2ztd
— BlameFootball (@blamefootball) August 20, 2017
The report in ESPN further goes on to say that the Swede’s wages will be significantly lower than they were in the one-year deal he signed with the Red Devils after joining on a fee transfer.
Manchester United have started the new season on a bright note by winning the first two matches in the Premier League, and there’s no doubt that Ibrahimovic’s arrival in the second half of the season would surely be a big boost for the club, who are desperate to win silverwares both domestically and in Europe in the current campaign.
Written by Pragadeesh Shanmugam
United fan since Edwin Van der Sar denied Nicolas Anelka’s penalty to earn a dramatic Euro glory. Firmly believes that Lionel Messi deserves to win the Ballon d’Or until he plays this sport. One time writer for GiveMeSport and Roar. A regular contributor to Sportskeeda and BlameFootball.