Zlatan accepts United career is over
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has insisted that he has no intention of quitting football after suffering knee ligament damage, but the Mirror reports that the Swede has come to accept that his time at Manchester United will come to an end in the summer, despite reports suggesting he had done enough to trigger a one-year extension at Old Trafford. The 35-year-old is facing nine months out, meaning a return before 2018 is unlikely, and the paper states that Ibrahimovic will turn his attentions to a move to LA – be it LA Galaxy or LA FC, a new franchise set to compete in MLS next year.
Paper Round’s view: It’s a shame to think that English football may have seen the last of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Yes, there was many a wasteful moment in front of goal, but the striker exceeded expectations and brought a swagger to Manchester United that had been missing for the past couple of seasons.
Only now can we see that they perhaps perform at a greater intensity without him, but his presence and goals kept them fighting up until this point. If it is the end, then no doubt Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial will be eternally grateful to Ibrahimovic for his timely appearance when the duo needed it most. A striker with no fear, who has proved that age is no barrier. United needed him, and they will reap the benefits long after he’s gone.
Pep chases Alli
Pep Guardiola will look to bring Tottenham’s Dele Alli to Manchester City in the summer, according to Xavi. Quotes in The Sun claim that Guardiola will look all over Europe to strengthen his City side, but he will want the best of British too – of which Alli, the PFA Young Player of the Year, tops the bill. “At the moment the best English player there is and also one of the best in Europe is Dele Alli. We are looking at a very special player,” Xavi said.
Paper Round’s view: Tottenham have got a good thing going on but another trophyless season would make it a tougher for them to hold on to all their players. Of course, they could yet chase Chelsea down, but if they fail to do so then clubs across Europe will begin to lure their best players with the promise of trophies. Clubs like Real Madrid have already been linked with Alli. But you could argue both Spurs and City will start next season on a level ground in terms of odds to win the Premier League, and it’s difficult to see Alli jumping ship.
Read the full article on eurosport.co.uk: Paper Round: Zlatan accepts Man Utd career is over, Pep wants Alli