Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been released by Manchester United and won’t play again until at least December, but that doesn’t mean he has disappeared from the limelight.
He has not agreed a new deal with another club and continues undergo his rehabilitation process at Carrington.
Most 35-year-olds would have given up by now. The Swede suffered a grim, long-term knee injury set to keep him out for nine months, but he clearly still believes he can cause some damage in a red shirt next season.
And who can really doubt him?
Nobody believed he would succeed at Old Trafford after joining from Paris Saint Germain on a free, with many pointing towards his lukewarm Euro 2016 campaign as early evidence of an inability to cope with the travails of Premier League football.
I don’t need to tell you what happened next. The Swede was a bombastic, prolific presence, engendering a completely renewed mindset that, even from the sidelines in Stockholm, looked as if it was having an effect as United cruised towards Europa League glory.
Jose Mourinho has recently hinted towards a return for the striker and Zlatan clearly knows, deep down, that a big injury will not be enough to stop him next season, and I think we should trust the man who has without fail conquered all before him during a sensational career.