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Zlatan Ibrahimovic shows off knee recovery by kicking punching bag On the verge of signing a new deal

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hinted at being close to a return to fitness by posting a video of himself kicking a punching bag.

The 35-year-old picked up a knee injury towards the end of last season while with Manchester United, where he has remained during his recuperation.

Although Ibrahimovic was officially released by the Red Devils, the widespread belief is that he could rejoin the club over the next few months.

The short clip, shared on his Twitter page, suggests that his right knee is almost strong enough to withstand the rigours of football once again.

Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals in 46 appearances in his one season at Man United following his move from Paris Saint-Germain in 2016.

Manchester United expect Zlatan Ibrahimovic to sign a new contract as early as this week, according to reports.

The 35-year-old scored 28 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions last season, but saw his campaign ended prematurely by a cruciate knee ligament injury.

Although he was released by the club in the summer, Ibrahimovic has been undergoing his rehabilitation at United’s AON Training Centre and appears to be recovering quicker than originally prognosed.

According to ESPN, the Man United board and the training staff believe that the Swede is not far off a return to fitness, contrary to the initial expected date of early 2018, and so his new contract will be announced earlier than anticipated.

Following Ibrahimovic’s injury, the Red Devils went on to sign Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, last season’s second top scorer in the Premier League.

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