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Manchester United officially terminate Ibrahimovic's contract ahead of LA Galaxy move

Ibrahimovic, who joined Jose Mourinho's Manchester United in 2016, arrived on a free transfer but has had an aggravating and troublesome journey so far.

Written by: Brett Ellis, New Delhi [ Updated: March 23, 2018 12:03 IST ]
A file image of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Photo:GETTY IMAGES

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic may have played his last game in a Red Devil jersey after the former Swedish International has agreed to join LA Galaxy in MLS on a two-year deal. The Premier League club confirmed on Thursday that the board has terminated the 36-year old's one-year contract which was set to expire at the end of the season. 

Former stars such as David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Kaka, Andrea Pirlo and many other stars have also graced the American league and the deal is expected to be announced at the end of the season.

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Zlatan won the FA Cup, Europa Cup and EFL Cup with UnitedPhoto:GETTY IMAGES

Ibrahimovic, who joined Jose Mourinho's Manchester United in 2016, arrived on a free transfer but has had an aggravating and troublesome journey so far. The first season of the Swedish star was glorious with the classic 'Ibra' having his way around the field as the main striker as he helped United win the Community Shield, Carabao Cup and Europa League that season. 

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Ibrahimovic suffered an injury in December 2016 against Burnley, keeping him out for monthsPhoto:GETTY IMAGES

However, due to a career-threatening injury which Ibrahimovic suffered in December 2016 against Burnley, the 36-year old has been out of play despite making an unexpected comeback from surgery before the season-ending which prompted Mourinho to hand him another one-year deal.

The talks between Ibrahimovic and LA Galaxy occurred after he became a free agent from Paris Saint Germain in 2016, however, after two years, the striker will be heading to the US.

"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." said a statement released by Manchester United.

The star forward who has played in the top elite clubs in Europe, will be heading west to embark on a new journey joining known players such as Giovani Dos Santos and Romain Alessandrini in Galaxy.

Ibrahimovic also took to Instagram to thank the club and the fans with a caption reading, '"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"

The flamboyant forward has scored 29 goals in 53 appearances for United and has been pushed to the bench since the arrival of Romelu Lukaku, which saw the Belgian being pushed as the main forward. Ibra was determined to continue his footballing career despite recovering from a career-threatening injury and at the age of 36, the former PSG star still wants to play. 

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Ibrahimovic may return to International duty.Photo:GETTY IMAGES

An MLS move may be an indication of Ibrahimovic returning to International duty after announcing his retirement last season, as media reports suggest. Ibra has not ruled out the possibility of playing in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia in June and the fans may get to witness the charismatic forward back to his beastly ways for one last time.

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