WELL, we certainly see this one coming: Zlatan Ibrahimovic signing on for another year at Manchester United.
Despite his massive contribution last season – scoring 28 goals in 46 appearances –it seemed that his time was up at Old Trafford.
He was released in June after suffering a knee injury some thought would end his remarkable career.
There was even talk of him going to the States to wind down what might be left of that career. But both parties have had second thoughts.
The super Swede continues his recovery at United, has signed a new, one-year deal – and is looking forward to forming a lethal partnership with Romelu Lukaku.
He’s even prepared to give up the precious number nine shirt currently occupied by the former Everton man. He’ll be happy with number ten.
If Zlatan can produce anything like the form of last season, it will be a shrewd bit of business by Jose Mourinho. Mind you, it will no doubt cost a few bob in wages.
Strange move for me given that Ibrahimovic is not expected to be fit to play top level football until December after undergoing surgery on his dodgy knee.
Jose’s happy enough to have him back though, and says: “After his contribution last season he deserves our trust and we will be patient waiting for him to return.”
As quoted on the BBC Sport website – http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/41040655 – Mourinho added: “We are delighted Zlatan is on the road to recovery and we are equally delighted to have his ambition and experience back with us.”
Not as delighted as Zlatan who insists it was always his and the club’s ambition to extend his stay at Manchester United.
He said: “I cannot wait to get back out on that Old Trafford pitch, but I also know that I have to take my time to make sure that I am ready.
“I have been working hard and will continue to do so to make sure I am in the best possible condition for my return to the pitch.”