Zlatan Ibrahimovic will sign a new contract with Manchester United this month after deciding to remain at Old Trafford this season, according to reports.
The Swede was released by the club back in June after suffering knee ligament damage against Anderlecht in April and was linked with moves to LA Galaxy and AC Milan.
But Jose Mourinho confirmed earlier this month that Man United were in talks with the Swede, set to return by the new year, over a short term contract this season – which could include a coaching role once he hangs up his boots.
And according to the Mail Online‘s Joe Bernstein, the 35-year-old will sign a new deal with United ahead of this season before the transfer window shuts.
The period of registration also ends on August 31, which means that, if Zlatan did – as he has predicted – return to action before the new year, then Mourinho can use him immediately rather than waiting until January.
That said, knee ligament injuries – especially those as severe as Zlatan’s – are normally unwavering in the recovery period they demand, making a November return very unlikely, but nobody would be surprised to see the big Swede defy the natural order to make an impact over the Christmas period.