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Ibrahimovic To Miss Start Of United Season To Play In Olympics

ibra-celebratesManchester United target Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been named in Sweden’s provisional squad to take part at this summer’s Rio Olympics. Ibrahimovic, who will sign for United after Euro 2016, has been named in the 35-man squad by coach Hakan Eriksson.

The Sweden Under 21 boss says the chances that Ibrahimovic will be part of the final squad are:

‘not so great but there is still a hope’.

‘In the initial phase we felt that those playing the Euros can’t double up, but I’ve had a talk with Zlatan,’ Ericson said, adding that it was not yet confirmed the striker would take part in the Olympic tournament.

‘It could be a new phase in his career; and Zlatan has said that he is willing to wait until after the Euros (to decide). I want to keep open the tiniest gap that might exist, because it would be fantastic to bring Zlatan.’

The Rio de Janeiro Olympics run from August 5-22 with the men’s teams made up of mostly Under 23 players, with an allowance for three older players.

He would miss United’s first two fixtures of the season against Bournemouth and Southampton if Sweden progressed to the final.

If that happens, Ibra cold then make his Old Trafford debut on September 10th in the Manchester Derby. What a way that would be to mark his entrance into the Premier League!

MAN UNITED’S FIRST FIVE FIXTURES

  • August 13 3pm Bournemouth (A)
  • August 20 3pm Southampton (H)
  • August 27 3pm Hull City (A)
  • September 10 3pm Manchester City (H)
  • September 17 3pm Watford
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