Zlatan Ibrahimovic has one target in mind when he returns from injury


Before arriving on English shores, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was one of the most feared and respected strikers in Europe. However, the fact that the Big Swede had never challenged himself in the Premier League always left a little room for doubt about his true ability with many feeling the mighty Zlatan was a bit of a flat track bully.

Eventually, Zlatan decided it was time to answer the greatest question any footballer can be asked;  "Can you do it on a cold, wet night in Stoke?"

The Swede was snapped up by Manchester United on a free transfer and hit the ground running straight away, scoring in the Red Devils' opener away to Bournemouth. Zlatan would go on to enjoy a fantastic season, scoring 28 goals in 46 appearances before a knee injury cruelly cut his season short.

Considering that he had only signed a one year deal in Manchester, many thought that this might be the end of the enigma that is Zlatan, but the 36-year-old has admitted that his latest injury setback only presented him with a new challenge to conquer.

Speaking in a recent interview with Thierry Henry on Sky Sports, Zlatan admitted to having unfinished business in England, insisting it is his mission to win the Premier League.

"I said I have come back to finish what I started," he said.

"Everything I built up in the first season - obviously we won the three trophies - the ending for me was not the ending I wanted, or nobody wanted, especially after how the season went.

"The target is the Premier League. That is my target to finish.

"Everything I started in the first season, we will finish in the second one."

Having won the League Cup and the Europa League in his first season at the club, it seems the formidable striker remains unsatisfied and only a Premier League winners medal can quench his thirst.

He also admitted that doubts over his future had begun to settle in his heart before his season-ending injury, which only served to motivate the Swede to make a dramatic comeback.

"In that moment when it happened, it was easier for me to say that I would come back because then I had a challenge," Ibrahimovic added.

"The challenge was that I never had a major injury, and all these people talking that 'it's over' or 'he's too old', all these doubts that I had in my whole career.

"When that happens, it triggers me because it gives me energy and an objective. I'm challenging what I am able to do, how far I can take my body.

"But the injury made it easy for me. I had one target, and that is to come back and play the game."

Upon his return, Zlatan will have a lot of work to do if he is to play a part in making his dream come true, with Manchester City starting to pull away at the top and showing absolutely no signs of slowing down. 

However, as is the only way he knows how, Ibrahimovic is more than confident in his own ability to propel a team towards glory.

"I will walk out just as I came in, I will not walk out limping.

"I will walk out the way I want to walk out. Even if I have to walk on water I will do that also."

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