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Ibra expected to sign MLS deal

Published:Friday | March 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring his sides second gaol of the game during their English Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the London stadium, in London last season.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has signed a two-year contract with Major League Soccer to leave Manchester United and join the LA Galaxy, two people with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press.

The people spoke to The AP on condition of anonymity yesterday because the deal had not been announced. The agreement was first reported by the Los Angeles Times.

Ibrahimovic thanked Manchester United on Twitter.

"Great things also come to an end, and it is time to move on after two fantastic seasons with Manchester United. Thank you to the club, the fans, the team, the coach, the staff, and everybody who shared with me this part of my history. #foreverred," he wrote .

The 36-year-old forward is Sweden's career-scoring leader with 62 goals in 116 international appearances, and is the first player to make Champions League appearances for seven teams.

He left Paris Saint-Germain for Manchester United ahead of the 2016-17 season, but since injuring his right knee on April 20, has made just two starts and five substitute appearances, scoring his only goal on December 20 against Bristol City in the League Cup. Manager Jose Mourinho has not used him since a Premier League match against Burnley on December 26.

Ibrahimovic joined the 20-time English champions as a free agent in July 2016. He has made 53 appearances with the club, scoring 29 goals.

Over the course of his career, Ibrahimovic has played for some of Europe's top clubs, including Ajax, Juventus, Barcelona, and Milan.

Manchester United agreed to immediately terminate Ibrahimovic's contract, which ran through the end of June.

"Everyone at the club would like to thank Zlatan for his contribution to the team since his arrival and wishes him well for the future," the team said in a statement.

Mourinho said at a news conference earlier this month that he did not expect him to stay.

"I think he has won the right of choosing his life, his future, such an amazing player and amazing career that only that awful injury in the wrong moment broke a fantastic couple of seasons he could and should have with us," Mourinho said.

Ibrahimovic, who has also expressed interest in an acting career, is expected to arrive in Los Angeles next week and could be available to play on March 31 when the Galaxy play expansion LAFC.