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Ibrahimovic let go, but stays on at United

By Tom Allnutt

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been released by Manchester United - but the veteran striker will continue his rehabilitation with the club.

Signed from Paris St Germain last summer on a one-season deal with the option of another, the 35-year-old netted 28 goals before serious knee ligament damage brought his campaign to a shuddering halt in April.

United have remained quiet about Ibrahimovic's future since then, but the striker was named on the Premier League's official list of players let go on Friday.

It is no surprise given the highly-paid Swede is unlikely to play until early next year.The club are keen to look after Ibrahimovic and have been doing so both on site and from afar since April's injury in the Europa League quarter-final second leg against Anderlecht.

The fact his rehab will be under United's guidance does not necessarily mean he will sign a new deal with them, although their start to the 2017/18 campaign and his recovery could change things.

Ibrahimovic's injury means a new number nine is high on United's list of priorities this summer.

Reported target Romelu Lukaku appears close to leaving Everton for former club Chelsea. while Torino striker Andrea Belotti and Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata are other options.

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