Manchester United striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has disclosed that he would be glad to assume the No. 10 role upon his return to action.
The former Sweden and PSG striker has been sidelined since suffering a cruciate ligament injury in his knee in April.
Jose Mourinho had earlier hinted the player could return before January.
The ex-Sweden captain said he would not mind playing in a different position now that Romelu Lukaku assumed the No. 9 role this season.
Ibrahimovic said, “To me, No. 10 is the star. The one who makes the difference, gets noticed, wins the matches and is the leader.
“And I see myself in that position but it is not something that is given to you; it is just something you are. That’s just the way it is.
“To be honest, it is like a trigger for me coming back from that injury because I wore the No. 10 in the Swedish national team and PSG.
“I would have worn it at Inter, but I soon moved to Barcelona. I wanted it in Milan but took another number out of respect. In Ajax I didn’t have it.
“I feel like a 10 and I stand for No. 10. It will go down in history that I always had No. 10.”
He added, “I tried to take down a ball with my chest and timed the landing wrong. I stuck my legs out and landed completely wrong. The leg went backwards and then it was pulled out. I have never been hurt, but then I felt I swallowed my tongue. It was a strange feeling that I had never known before.
“I told myself it’s just a bang-up. But when I got up, I felt that the leg was not in balance. In the locker room they started to check the leg, but without an X-ray it was impossible to say exactly what the problem was. It turned out to be a cruciate ligament injury.
“Thoughts started spinning in my head. What’s happening? It’s a month before the season is over.
“I’m 35 years old; what can I do? What does the future hold?
“Instead of focusing on one thing at a time, like normally, a lot of things were spinning around in my mind.”
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