Manchester: Former Sweden international Zlatan Ibrahimovic, on Thursday, signed a new one-year deal with Europa League champions Manchester United.
Zlatan, who scored 28 goals in 46 matches last season, will don the No 10 jersey, which was formerly worn by Wayne Rooney, who is now with boyhood club Everton.
“Manchester United is delighted to announce that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will continue his journey with the club and has signed a one-year contract,” said the club in an official statement. “He will wear the number 10 shirt.”
Ibrahimovic took to Twitter to share his return to Old Trafford.
The Swede’s 2016-17 season with United had come to an abrupt end after suffering a serious knee injury during a Europa League quarter-final game against Anderlecht, earlier in April. The 35-year-old was linked with AC Milan recently, but decided to pen a new one-year deal with the Red Devils.
"I am back to finish what I started. It was always mine and the club's intention for me to stay. 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,” Ibrahimovic said.
Manager Jose Mourinho, who is currently in his second season with the Red Devils, also expressed happiness with Zlatan’s return.
"We are delighted Zlatan is on the road to recovery and we are equally delighted to have his ambition and experience back with us. After his contribution last season he deserves our trust and we will be patient waiting for him to return. I have no doubt that he will be important in the second part of the season,” he stated.