Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, during a match. Photo: Reuters/Andrew

MANCHESTER - - Zlatan Ibrahimovic is leaving Manchester United after the Premier League club terminated the Swedish striker's contract on Thursday.

"Manchester United confirms that it has agreed to the termination of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract with immediate effect," United said in a statement amid reports that the 36-year-old had signed for Los Angeles Galaxy.

"Everyone at the club would like to thank Zlatan for his contribution to the team since his arrival and wishes him well for the future," United said on their website.

The 36-year-old, who is Sweden's record international goalscorer with 62 strikes in 116 games, sustained a bad knee injury in last season's Europa League quarter-final against Belgium's Anderlecht.

Zlatan bid farewell to the club and its fans on Instagram soon after the announcement was made.

"Great things also come to an end and it is time to move on after two fantastic seasons with Manchester United. Thank you to the club, the fans, the team, the coach, the staff and everybody who shared with me this part of my history. #foreverred," he wrote.

He last played for United on December 26 against Burnley.

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