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Ibrahimovic will make full recovery, insists Raiola

Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals in 46 appearances for United before the injury. Credit: PA

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has undergone successful surgery and will make a full recovery from knee ligament damage, according to his outspoken agent Mino Raiola.

Ibrahimovic is expected to be sidelined for at least nine months after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in United's Europa League victory over Anderlecht at Old Trafford last month, and many have speculated that his professional career could be over.

In a post on his official Instagram account the 35-year-old insisted that he will be the one who decides when he hangs up his boots, and Raiola has now doubled down on the assertion that his client will play again.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has undergone successful knee surgery. He will make a full recovery AND HAS NOT SUFFERED A CAREER-ENDING INJURY.

The procedure was performed by Freddie Fu, M.D., and Volker Musahl, M.D., of the UPMC Sports Medicine program in Pittsburgh.

Zlatan has started rehabilitation at UPMC and will remain under the care of Dr.Fu and Dr.Musahl throughout his recovery.

Zlatan and the medical team are not available for interviews at this time. Additional updates will follow at a later date.

– Raiola statement

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Ibrahimovic confirms Man United extension talks

Ibrahimovic has scored 26 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions for United this season. Credit: PA

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has confirmed that he is holding talks with Manchester United over the possibility of spending another season at Old Trafford.

The Sweden international has scored 26 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions for United this season, and has an option to trigger a second year on his current contract.

Let’s see what happens, we are talking. I have an option for another year, I want to do great as long as I’m here, so let us see, there is a lot of time.

I’m enjoying being at a a fantastic club, without doubts, one of the biggest clubs in the world with a great coach [Jose Mourinho].

I knew him before [from our time at Inter Milan]. He’s a winner, he’s the perfect coach for this club.

Being a Manchester United player... I don’t know how many people have that possibility but I am a Man United player.

People wanted me here, I chose the club. I chose the best English club, that’s the way it works.

– Ibrahimovic to the Manchester Evening News

Ibrahimovic: Guardiola fall out still motivates me

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has 26 goals to his name this season Credit: PA

Zlatan Ibrahimovic says his falling out with Pep Guardiola at Barcelona still motivates him.

Guardiola brought Ibrahimovic to the Nou Camp in 2009 but the relationship between the pair broke down. Zlatan was then loaned to AC Milan after only a season before making the move permanent.

Jose Mourinho when he was in charge at Inter Milan with Pep Guardiola and Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Barcelona Credit: PA

The Manchester United striker will be fired up when they travel to the Eithad Stadium next month to face Guardiola's Manchester City in the Premier League.

I learned from Barcelona, both on and off the pitch. I learned that in football any situation can change in 24 hours.

The problem wasn't with me, it was with him, and he never came to terms with it. I don't know what his problem was with me.

It is something that drives me, gives me adrenaline and extra motivation. It is normal after what has happened. I'm using it as a positive, not negative.

– Zlatan Ibrahimovic speaking with Fabio Capello on Fox Sports Italia
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