Man U sign Ibrahimovic

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July 02, 2016
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MANCHESTER (AP):

Zlatan Ibrahimovic signed for Manchester United yesterday, handing one of football's most enigmatic players a late career move to the world's richest league and a chance to help revive a fallen giant.

The 34-year-old Swedish forward, who was a free agent after his Paris Saint-Germain contract expired last month, joined the 20-time English champions on a one-year deal with an option for an additional year.

It will be the well-travelled Ibrahimovic's first spell playing in England, having also played for Malmo, Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona and AC Milan.

"I compare it with the (Floyd) Mayweather-(Manny) Pacquiao fight," Ibrahimovic said of the 2015 World Championship boxing bout. "They said it would never happen, but it happened.

"I am super happy. My decision was the easiest part. The rest was a puzzle but the puzzle came together."

Ibrahimovic has won league titles in four countries, including a hat-trick of successes at Inter Milan where he worked briefly under new United manager JosE Mourinho.

"The only regret I have with JosE was that I had a short time with him. I had one season (2008-9)," Ibrahimovic said. "We won together, we enjoyed together, and we had a great time together.

"I learned a lot and I got to know him ... he is a winner; I am a winner. We know both what we want, we want to win. Wherever we go, we win. And we will win."

"I am certain that his talent will delight fans at Old Trafford next season and that his experience will be invaluable in helping to develop the younger players in the squad," Mourinho said.

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