Zlatan Ibrahimovic has announced his decision to retire from international football following Sweden's Euro 2016 campaign, ahead of his expected move to Manchester United. Ibrahimovic, 34, was named in Sweden's provisional squad for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, but his last game for his country could come as early as Wednesday night against Belgium.
The Swedes have taken just one point from their two Group F games in France this summer, and anything but a win will see them eliminated from the competition. "The last game [at Euro 2016] will be my last for Sweden, so I hope it will not be tomorrow," Ibrahimovic said.
"I am very proud of what I have achieved and will always bring the Swedish flag with me."
Sky Sports understands that Ibrahimovic will undergo a medical with the 20-time English champions after the summer's European Championship,
United players return to training on 4 July before departing for their tour of China later that month.
While there is still no confirmation of the move, Ibrahimovic's agent Mino Raiola, who is also at the centre of another transfer saga involving United and Borussia Dortmund star Henrikh Mkhitaryan, dropped a further hint by suggesting the Swede wants revenge against new Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola after the pair fell out during their time together at Barcelona.
"I think [Ibrahimovic] wants revenge on Guardiola, although he does not live for it because you shouldn't have two graves – one for him and one for the enemy. Destiny wants that meeting to take place," Raiola said to Marca. "You learn more from defeats than you do from victories, and Zlatan learned a lot from what happened with Guardiola."
"Zlatan is a very balanced guy, although people may think otherwise. As people they [Guardiola and Ibrahimovic] do not like each other. I don't like him [Guardiola]. Zlatan, however, admits Pep is a great coach. One of the options is going to the Premier League, but until Sweden are eliminated in the Euros there will not be a solution."