Manchester United have re-signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a one-year contract.
The 35-year-old former Sweden striker made 46 appearances and scored 28 goals for United last season.
Ibrahimovic was released by the club in June after his season was ended prematurely by a knee injury, but he is expected to be fit again in December.
“After his contribution last season he deserves our trust and we will be patient waiting for him to return,” said manager Jose Mourinho.
Ibrahimovic has enjoyed a storied career unlike many others, dominating leagues with his superlative performances while laying his hands on a glut of trophies. Last season was no different, after the player made his way to the Premier League at the age of 34, signing for Manchester United on a free transfer.
Written off by many before he had even kicked a ball, Ibrahimovic, though, defied his critics to turn into the talisman for the Red Devils in no time. Making 46 appearances across all competitions for the club, the Swedish striker netted 28 goals to end the season as their top scorer, even though his campaign ended prematurely.
Having been sidelined with a long-term knee injury, it was though that Ibrahimovic’s time at Manchester United had come to an end after the club chose not to exercise their option to extend his contract into a second season.
The likes of AC Milan and LA Galaxy have been heavily linked with a move for the 35-year-old. But, it now looks like Manchester United are set to retain his services, surprisingly before the summer transfer window slams shut, with the player set to regain fitness earlier than anticipated.
Early reports following his injury had claimed that Ibrahimovic would only be able to return to action around the start of 2018. Recent reports as well as videos posted by the player himself provide an indication that he is mere weeks away from returning to action.
With Jose Mourinho going on record to state that he wants the star striker to sign a new contract at Old Trafford, Manchester United’s stance has been rather public. Should Ibrahimovic indeed pen a deal with the Red Devils, he could turn out to be an inspired signing.
While he is unlikely to start week in week out following Manchester United’s acquisition of Romelu Lukaku, the 35-year-old could help ease off the burden off the Belgian striker. Ibrahimovic’s presence could also prove to be beneficial for the learning curves of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.
Although he would be pocketing a considerably lesser amount than his previous contract, it now remains to be seen if Ibrahimovic indeed puts pen to paper on a new deal with Manchester United.