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Thursday 29 September 2016

'You will have to wait' says Ibrahimovic on United deal

Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Photo: Reuters
Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Photo: Reuters

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has refused to confirm that he will be moving to Manchester United.

The Sweden striker was expected to reveal his plans at the launch of his clothing brand, A-Z, but when pressed an audience member for confirmation, said: "There is no confirmation. You will have to wait.

"I want you to keep wondering where I will go, keep making stories, and when I am tired I will let you know when my next destination is."

Instead, the former Paris St Germain forward fielded questions including whether he enjoys being a god and what his favourite kind of cloth is. United fans remain none the wiser and may now have to wait until after Euro 2016 to know for sure whether Ibrahimovic will link up once again with United manager Jose Mourinho.

Meanwhile, one of Ibrahimovic's Swedish team-mates should be grateful if they sign they sign the former PSG striker.

The 34-year-old is yet to reveal his next club after leaving the French champions at the end of last season and is currently preparing for Euro 2016 with his country.

Old Trafford has been mooted as a possible destination for the striker this summer, where he would have plenty of experience to pass on to the likes of Marcus Rashford (18), Anthony Martial (20), Memphis Depay (22) and Jesse Lingard (23).

Former City player John Guidetti, 24, has spoken of the inspiration that Ibrahimovic has given him training and playing on the same pitch and has backed him to be a success if he does move to Manchester. "I think he knows the Manchester weather like I do!" he said.

"He will settle. Anywhere he has gone he has performed, he is a world-class player and is a world-class person. Any team that gets him should be very grateful.

"He is fantastic, great.

"The way he speaks with all the younger players, the way he demands quality, it is a true pleasure to play with him. There'll never be another Zlatan: he's a one-off. The way that he talked and behaved has inspired me.

"He would say 'I'm going to be the best', and that's not something a Swede normally says! That's when I realised that you could say that. We do want to be the best! He changed the way we think."

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