Rooney “looking forward” to Ibrahimovic partnership

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Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney, has said that he is “looking forward” to playing alongside new signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Ibrahimovic is United’s marquee signing so far this summer, having signed on a free transfer from French champions Paris Saint-Germain.

The Swede is one of the most recognisable players on the planet, having played for some of the biggest clubs, and biggest managers.

Ibrahimovic is expected to make his debut in his home nation, in the friendly with Turkish club Galatasaray, and Rooney cant wait to play alongside the 34-year-old striker.

Rooney said: “I am” as he has been “one of the best strikers in world football for the last ten years” and has “always won trophies wherever he’s gone and he is a huge character.”

He continued: “I’m looking forward to training with him and then hopefully we can form a successful partnership.”

The United and England skipper is the most senior player in the side, and admitted that he would like to be a manager one day.

He said: “I would like to be manager when I finish playing” as “football is what I’ve done my whole life.”

Rooney concluded: “I’m currently in the process of taking my coaching badges so hopefully when I finish playing I’ll have that complete.”

Rooney and the squad are currently in Asia on their pre-season tour, having suffered a 4-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund, and anticipation was building ahead of their clash with Manchester City.

However due to the condition of the playing pitch in the Beijing National Stadium, the clash has been canceled, for the safety of the players.

A statement read: “As the leading pre-season tournament globally, International Champions Cup is committed to delivering safe and professional match conditions for the world’s best footballers, that in turn delivers great entertainment for fans. 

The extreme weather leading up to the match in Beijing has damaged the National Stadium playing surface to an extent that leaves it in an unplayable condition.” 

It concluded: “We have collectively made this cancelation decision in the interest of player safety and concerns over the players’ subsequent ability to put on a display for the fans that meets the quality standard of the International Champions Cup.”

Manchester United will take on Galatasaray at the Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg with kick-off at Saturday, July 30 with kick-off at 6:30pm BST.

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