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Ibrahimovic wants to return to Malmo.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic 'wishes' he could play for Malmo

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Now that Manchester United have finally appointed Jose Mourinho as their manager, the Portuguese can begin working on transfer targets.

There will no doubt be plenty of comings and goings at Old Trafford in the coming months as Mourinho attempts to turn this current squad into his own.

If reports are to be believed, the first arrival could be a sensational one.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been heavily linked with a reunion with Mourinho after the pair spent one season at Inter Milan together, winning Serie A.

While many reports suggest that a deal bring Zlatan to the Theatre of Dreams is just days away from being completed, comments from the Swede’s camp suggest otherwise.

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His agent's comments

His agent, Mino Raiola, insisted that his client’s move would be a ‘surprise’ and threw doubt over a move to United.

“We have not decided anything yet. I think it will be a surprise in the end. Everyone is harping on about only United, United, United,” he told reporters.

“There are some clubs in England, a few clubs in Europe, clubs outside Europe, but everyone assumes that he must go to Manchester United, but it is not true. It’s not important to arrange something quickly, I care only about arranging something with quality.”

Ibrahimovic's wish

And now Ibrahimovic has revealed that there is another club that he longs to play for one day.

“I love Malmö and I wish I could play today. I apologise for that, but I will, I will. Just wait for me,” he told his hometown when he returned there for the Sweden national side.

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Ibrahimovic’s comments suggest that he won’t be heading to Malmo this summer but it’s the place where he would like to finish his career.

It’s where Ibrahimovic began his illustrious career, playing three years in his native country.

Mourinho and United will be well aware that signing Ibrahimovic will be very much a short-term fix. The 34-year-old’s contract may expire from Paris Saint-Germain this summer, but he will command astronomical wages and a hefty signing-on fee.

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But it's hardly surprising that The Special One is keen for him to join him in Manchester. Despite his advancing years, Ibrahimovic notched an incredible 38 goals in 31 league matches last season, scoring 50 goals in 51 in all competitions.

Given his age, and his desire to return to Malmo in his career, it’s highly unlikely that any spell at Old Trafford would last longer than two years - although try telling Zlatan that he’s too old to compete at the highest level.

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