Sport: Ibrahimovic Left the Red Devil

Swedish star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been released by
Manchester United on Friday, a list published on the official website
of the Premier League shows.

However, the 35-year-old — who starred for United last season scoring
28 goals in 46 matches before a knee ligament injury ended his
campaign prematurely — could still be retained by United should they
decide to renew his contract which is up on June 30th.

“Premier League clubs from the 2016/17 season have submitted the lists
of players they will be keeping in their squads, and the ones they will be
releasing,” read the EPL statement.

“Premier League rules require all clubs to submit their retained and
released lists to the Premier League by the third Saturday in May, unless
the circumstances set out in Rule U.33 apply.

“Please note that players signified as a “free transfer” or released by a
club on the expiry of their contract on 30 June 2017, could still remain
there next season and so this list should not be seen as definitive for
players leaving their club.”
Ibrahimovic, who scored twice as United beat Southampton in the
League Cup final but was injured by the time they lifted the Europa
League, underwent an operation on the knee ligament in the United
States in early May.

Once he returns to full fitness, which is forecast for 2018, one of the two
surgeons who performed the operation predicted Ibrahimovic playing on
for many years to come.

“He’s so healthy, so strong, biologically, bone morphology, everything,
is absolutely very healthy,”, Freddie Fu, chairman of the department of
orthopaedic surgery at the University of
Pittsburgh Medical Centre, told
the South China Morning Post.

“He can still play for many years,” added the Hong Kong-born Fu.


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