Zlatan Ibrahimovic: 'I can play for two more years'

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been released by Manchester United - but the veteran striker will continue his rehabilitation with the club, Press Association Sport understands.

Manchester United have released top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic after a year at Old Trafford, with the injured Swedish striker's name appearing on a list published by the Premier League yesterday.

The Swede landed awkwardly on his knee coming down from a header in United Europa League Quarter-Final tie against Anderlecht back in April, ruling him out until for the remainder of the season and beyond.

Ibrahimovic, a former star for the Swedish global team, joined United as a free agent on a one-year deal, with the option of a second season.

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

However, United are in need of an immediate replacement and among the favourites join Mourinho's side are Torino's Andrea Belotti and Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata.

But Ibrahimovic will not be short of offers when he is making his decision of where to play next.

Ibrahimovic also led United to Community Shield and EFL Cup success and was also key to their victorious Europa League campaign, in which he scored five goals.

"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".

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.

As anticipated, John Terry was listed as a free agent after leaving Chelsea and Gaël Clichy, Jesús Navas, Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna and Willy Caballero were among those released by Manchester City.

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