Manchester United superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic has undergone a successful knee surgery and said that he is “fixed, done and stronger” as he eyes to return back in action.
The towering Swede had suffered an anterior cruciate knee injury after landing awkwardly on his knee during the final minutes of Man Utd’s Europa League win over Anderlecht.
The serious knee injury had threatened to bring an unceremonious end to Zlatan’s illustrious footballing career which has seen him donning the shirts of Barcelona, Juventus, AC Milan, Inter Milan, PSG, Ajax and now Manchester United.
But now the Man Utd hero took to Instagram and uploaded a photo showing the surgical mark on his knee, writing: “Fixed, done and stronger. Once again thank you for the support. We will enjoy my game together soon.”
And earlier, Zlatan had posted pictures of his wrists with hospital name tags on them, but the image has been since taken down.
Zlatan joined Man Utd last summer on a free transfer and takes home a wage packet of £250,000 a week, with an option of extending the contract by one more year.
He has proved his class again at Man Utd and has 28 goals to his name this season. The Man Utd hierarchy were keen on tying him down for one more year – but then came the injury.
Mourinho is confident that Zlatan has a lot more left in him and has backed him to show the same determination that has been evident all through his career in making a comeback.
But Zlatan can only return after nine months which means that he will not be available until the next year.
Mourinho had said: “The future is a big surgery, a long period of recovery. But the future is also about a very strong guy, mentally very, very strong, who wrote immediately on his social media he will stop when he wants, not when people think.
“It looks to me that he is not going to give up, he is going to fight and I’m pleased. He has fought all his life — since he was born. I don’t see a reason for him not to fight now.”
After displaying red hot form form for the Red Devils, Zlatan has been ubder thre radar of MLS and Chinese Super League clubs.
He has also been highly linked with a move to LA Galaxy, with the MLS side keen on luring him away to the United States of America.
Earlier, Red Devils superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic had also refused to accept a £13million offer by Manchester United to pay him while he is out of action due to injury.
Leaving aside the serious injury, the Man Utd borad wanted to trigger a contract extension for Zlatan, who has played a pivotal role under Mourinho this season. They wanted to pay him while he is out of action but the Swedish legend had turned down the offer.
Zlatan – a man with a golden heart believes that it would not be right to accept the payment while he is not playing for the team.