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Contract report – Old Trafford may not have seen the last of Zlatan Ibrahimovic

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic’s inclusion on Manchester United’s list of released players seemed to suggest his career at Old Trafford was over – but that might not be the case.While the Swede will become a free agent on July 1, he is going to continue his recovery from a cruciate knee ligament injury at the club’s Carrington training ground.And the Manchester Evening News report that, should his recovery be a success, he could be offered a short-term deal until the end of the 2017/18 season.It’s likely that January 2018 will be the earliest possible date for his return to action.The 35-year-old finished last term as United’s top scorer with 28 goals in all competitions, and may have been challenging for the Premier League’s Golden Boot before injury cruelly ended his campaign in April. Zlatan Ibrahimovic 1last_img read more


Iceland v Croatia: World Cup 2018 match preview, predicted team line-ups and more

first_imgIceland face Croatia in their final Group D fixture on Tuesday.Playing in their first ever World Cup finals match, Iceland drew against the mighty Argentina before going down 2-0 against Nigeria in their next game. Stadiums revealed for 2026 World Cup in USA, Mexico and Canada Japan confirm Russia 2018 squad, including ex-Manchester United man 4 German icon blames Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and another star for World Cup exit Where can I listen to live coverage of Iceland vs Croatia?Click here to listen to our live commentary of the action as it happens on talkSPORT 2.What are the players saying?Hannes Halldorsson (Iceland) – “We are proving it again and again that we are no one-hit wonder. We have a really good team with a strong defence and striker and midfielders who can really hurt when we go for counter attacks. We are a nightmare to play against.”Vedran Corluka (Croatia) – “I think these are their best performances for Croatia during a major tournament.”What are the managers saying?Heimir Hallgrimsson (Iceland) – “If it’s the Eurovision Song Contest we always think we’re going to win it.  It’s the same here – we think we’re going to win all the games. And even if we lose we think we’re going to win the next one. I think it is in the genes – optimism. Just to put the question into context…for nations like Argentina, Portugal, Germany, it would be a kind of, not a disgrace, but at least a shock not to qualify for the final 16.“I would say it would be the biggest success in our football history if we qualify for the last 16 in the World Cup. So that’s just to put it into context – how much it would mean to us and how much of an achievement that would be for the players.” talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. 4 Zlatko Dalic (Croatia) – “We want to beat Iceland to stay top of our group. We have our own style of play and we are going to stick to it while being watchful on their long balls and set pieces. We know everything about Iceland and they know everything about us.”What are the predicted line-ups?Iceland (likely) line-up: Halldorsson; Saevarsson, Arnason, Sigurdsson, Magnusson; Gislason, Gunnarsson, Hlafredsson, Bjarnason; Sigurdsson, Finnbogason.Croatia (likely) line up: Subasic; Jedvaj, Lovren, Vida, Strinic; Badeji, Modric; Perisic, Kovacic, Pjaca; Mandzukic.Who are the key players?Iceland: Gylfi Sigurdsson did not set the world alight against Argentina or Nigeria with Iceland largely on the defensive. However, Iceland should attack much more against Croatia, which will offer the Everton playmaker the best opportunity to show off his skills.Croatia: Luka Modric is Croatia’s best asset having netted two goals in the tournament so far and been faultless in posession.What does the Group D table look like ahead of the match? LATEST WORLD CUP NEWS Iceland manager – and dentist – Heimir Hallgrimsson 4 ‘THEY FAILED’ 10 amazing football facts you won’t believe are true Iceland face Croatia in their final Group D fixture Croatia sit comfortably at the top of Group D with six points after thrashing Argentina 3-0 last Thursday.Even if they lose Tuesday’s clash, they are guaranteed a spot in the knockout stages of the tournament.What’s the team news?It is reported Croatia’s boss Zlatko Dalic will rest at least six first team players – to avoid them picking up suspensions for their crunch knockout clash next.This includes Barcelona man Ivan Rakitic.For Iceland, centre-back Ragnar Sigurdsson may miss Tuesday’s clash, after he went off with a head injury during their loss to Nigeria. UNITED 4 World Cup 23 last_img read more