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Zlatan Ibrahimovic: "Giving up is not an option"

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Manchester United veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic said on Monday that he will decide when it is time to stop playing football. The Swedish striker sustained a serious knee injury during Thursday's Europa League quarter-final second leg victory over Anderlecht and will be sidelined for six to eight months.

"One thing is for sure, I decide when it's time to stop and nothing else," the Swedish player said on his Instagram account.

The former Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, FC Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain hit-man insisted that "giving up is not an option".

The 35-year-old thanked the fans for their support, noting that he will come back "even stronger".

The former Sweden captain has had a brilliant season with Manchester United, being one of the key strikers for the English club and scoring 28 goals in different competitions.

Ibrahimovic joined Manchester United last summer on a free transfer from PSG on a 12-month contract. It remains to be seen whether United offer the veteran striker a new 1 year deal given that he is all but certain to miss half of that period due to injury.