Manchester United round-up: Zlatan Ibrahimovic re-signs; Champions League draw reaction; Barcelona midfielder linked
Manchester United have confirmed on their club website that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has put pen to paper on a new contract at Old Trafford. The Swede’s previous deal expired in the summer and he now looks set to return to wear the red shirt once he recovers from a serious knee injury. Ibrahimovic said:
“I am back to finish what I started. It was always mine and the club’s intention for me to stay. I cannot wait to get back out on that Old Trafford pitch, but I also know that I have to take my time to make sure that I am ready. I have been working hard and will continue to do so to make sure I am in the best possible condition for my return to the pitch.”
The Express report that the Swede even accepted a pay cut in order to stay at the club, where he will continue to work with Jose Mourinho. Ibrahimovic will share his invaluable experience with the club’s young forwards like Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford and help them to improve.
The Champions League draw in Monaco on Thursday evening has placed the Red Devils in Group A, alongside Benfica, FC Basel and CSKA Moscow. It is a generous group for Jose Mourinho’s men, who potted some of the weaker teams and avoided many European giants.
Jose Mourinho will know all about Benfica from his time in Portugal, whilst it will also represent a return for Nemanja Matic to his former club. A long trip to Moscow is unlikely to be an ideal scenario for the team, but with such a draw it is hard for fans to complain about the teams that United will face on their return to the competition.
Italian newspaper Tuttosport claim that Manchester United could join Juventus in their pursuit of Barcelona’s Portuguese midfielder Andre Gomes. Gomes has failed to convince since moving to the Camp Nou from Valencia last summer but is still highly thought of by many in the game.
Now, United may look to give him a way out of Catalonia and look to bring him to the Premier League. Juventus could prove to be tough competition in any hope of sealing a deal though, and United may be unlikely to spend big to bring another central midfielder to the club this summer.