Manchester United have officially confirmed the departures of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Josh Harrop, Kayne Diedrick-Roberts and Faustin Makela.
As reported by manchestereveningnews.co.uk who say Even though Zlatan’s release was actually confirmed last month and Preston had already announced the signing of Harrop on a free transfer last week, the duo’s United contracts only officially ended at midnight and the club has issued an announcement.
Hours before his Manchester United contract expired, Ibrahimovic said a farewell to his United followers on Instagram with just six words.
Ibrahimovic wrote: “I came. I said. I conquered.” The former Paris Saint-Germain striker accompanied the caption with a picture of him celebrating his FA Cup winner at Blackburn in February. The post was liked by Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard.
United has already removed Ibrahimovic and Harrop’s profiles from the first-team section on the official United website, leaving the number nine shirt open for grabs.
Red Devil youngsters have confirmed Diedrick-Roberts’ summer departure in May also through their Instagram pages.
Diedrick-Roberts, 18, joined United from Fulham in 2015 and scored in the Under-18s’ win at Middlesbrough early in 2016-17 but was outshone by United’s other youngsters.
The Lewisham-born forward, who lined up alongside Marcus Rashford in the academy attack last season, headed to Bournemouth on a youth loan for more minutes in December and returned to make his only United Reserves start in the draw with Leicester in April.
Makela, 17, was injurie prone which restricted him to just one academy start in successive seasons before his final campaign with the club.
Congo-born midfielder Makela made his Under-23 debut at Leicester in April but had already embarked on a youth loan with League One Bury due to a lack of playing time.
Makela wrote on Instagram: “Shared a lot and good memories with the boys , going to miss you all & good luck to everyone in the future.”