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Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not play for Sweden in Russian World Cup

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be coming out of retirement to play for Sweden at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The LA Galaxy star, 36, said recently he would attend the tournament albeit excluding in what capacity he would be.

However, Swedish FA chief Lars Richt said: “I talked to Zlatan on Tuesday. He announced he did not change his mind about the national team — it is no.”

Ibrahimovic had already retired from international football after Euro 2016.

The Swede, who also played for Ajax, Barcelona, Juventus and Inter Milan, scored 62 goals in 116 games for his country, and appeared at World Cups in 2002 and 2006.

Despite a knee injury plaguing his final season at Manchester United, he showed that he still had form by netting a brilliant strike and a subsequent winner in his LA Galaxy debut last month after joining the Major League Soccer side in March.

Sweden had qualified for Russia 2018 without him, beating Italy in a play-off to secure their qualification.

It will be the team’s first World Cup since 2006 after missing out on the 2010 and 2014 tournaments.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic makes dream debut at LA Galaxy with brace and winner

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic marked his LA Galaxy debut with a match-winning cameo as the Swede helped his side recover from 3-0 down to beat new boys Los Angeles FC by 4-3.

LAFC’s Carlos Vela scored twice in the first 30 minutes — with a sublime curling shot for his first, and Galaxy were 3-0 just after half-time when Daniel Steres deflected the ball past his own keeper.

Things looked bleak for LA Galaxy; even with Sebastian Lletget pulled one back for Galaxy in the 61st minute it appeared it would be little more than a consolation goal.

However, Ibrahimovic, 36, who just flown in on from Europe on Thursday night ahead of his debut, got the last say as he stole the show after he came on with 20 minutes left and scored a remarkable equaliser from 35 yards before heading in a stoppage-time winner.

He first contributed by helping in the build-up to his team’s second as his cross was deflected and eventually fell to Emmanuel Boateng, who set-up Chris Pontius’s powerful header.

The former Manchester United man then preserved his record of scoring on debuts in the 77th-minute, with the ball dropping to him around 40 yards out he ripped a dipping shot over Tyler Miller in the LAFC goal, although his ensuing celebration was slightly marred when he was booked for tearing off his shirt.

His winner then came in injury time when Ashley Cole crossed a perfect ball into the six-yard area for Ibrahimovic to head home.

“I heard the crowd saying ‘We want Zlatan, we want Zlatan,’” Ibrahimovic said cheerfully after the game. “So I gave them Zlatan. They were pushing me, and I was giving back.”

“My history when I come to a new team, I always score in the first game — I didn’t want to let it down this time.”

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: long-term injury was ‘more severe than revealed’

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed that the career threatening injury he sustained in April was more than the “significant knee ligament damage” that had been revealed.

Ibrahimovic, 36 made his comeback in Manchester United’s 4-1 Premier League win against Newcastle United at Old Trafford on Saturday after 77 minutes as a replacement for Anthony Martial.

It was his first action since sustaining the injury on 20 April playing against Anderlecht in the Europa League, and his re-appearance was welcomed with a rousing reception by the home hands.

“It was an amazing reaction from fans but I felt it from day one,” the former Swedish international said. “From the first step in the warm-up, with people singing and cheering for you, it’s what keeps you going. This was not a one-man work, it was everyone’s and thanks to them that I am back on field and can play.”

While his injury was considered grave enough for United to consider foregoing an extension of his contract with the club, Zlatan revealed that it was actually more dire than previously announced.

“If people knew the real injury, they would be in shock that I was even playing,” he added. “It was more than the knee but I will keep it personal – that’s why I choose not to talk of it.”

“In my recovery I have not rushed anything; I have been out for six and half months. I have been following protocol and my schedule day by day. The only secret has been working hard. Those close to me know what I have been doing. I was working five, six hours a day.”

“When it happened I said giving up was not an option. My only focus was on coming back and coming back better. I know it’s my head playing, not my knee; my knee has to follow. With my experience and career I know what I have to do but I feel good. I am very proud of the moment to play again and for everyone around me because I wouldn’t have done it alone. Thanks to the supporters for keeping me motivated, the coach who’s trusted me, the club that believes in me and my family obviously.”

Man United set to forego contract extension with Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Manchester United is prepared to forego their option to extend Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract at Old Trafford when his current contract expires at the end of the month.

Ibrahimovic, 35, had a contract clause for a second season at United – following his influential first campaign in English football – but a cruciate ligament has finished his career at Old Trafford.

The former Swedish International could be 36 by the time he next plays, with the knee injury expected to keep the striker out until early 2018.

With the Premier League’s retained list set to be released later today, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s name is set to be one of the main talking points, after the veteran striker scored at Wembley in both United’s Community Shield and EFL Cup successes, as well as playing an important role in their Europa League campaign.

The Europa League would prove to be the event of his final appearance for United, after he sustained the ligament damage in April’s quarter-final second leg against Anderlecht.

While his future appear clouded, Ibrahimovic’s agent Mino Raiola says that the player does not have a lack of offers for his service.

“Many clubs have asked for Zlatan,” Raiola said. “He can play two more years and will stay in Europe, 100%.”

Should Ibrahimovic be released as reported, a new striker would be high on United’s list of priorities this summer and a £60m offer for Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata is expected to be submitted. United coach Jose Mourinho has reportedly identified Morata as his primary attacking target after the France international Antoine Griezmann confirmed he will not be leaving Atletico Madrid.

Negotiations with Real Madrid have taken place this week, with United’s first offer of €60m (£52m) turned down as the Champions League winners value him significantly higher at €90m.