After Zlatan Ibrahimovic seemingly confirmed his new club on Tuesday, there has now been a fresh twist in the former FC Barcelona and Manchester United striker's future.
On Tuesday, Ibrahimovic posted a video of a Hammarby IF jersey with his name on the back across his various social media platforms, sparking speculation that he had returned to Sweden to join the club.
That appears not to have been the case, however, after the team announced that the 38-year-old had become a part-owner after acquiring 50% of the ownership rights held by sports and live entertainment company AEG.
Both Ibrahimovic and Hammarby released statements after the announcement, revealing a mutual excitement for their new partnership.
"Hammarby is a great club, with passionate supporters and a respected history in Stockholm and throughout Sweden," Ibrahimovic said, as reported by Business Wire.
"I've always admired Hammarby and its fans, and I'm impressed by the club's performance over the past years, both on and off the field.
"I am excited for the opportunity to continue my relationship with AEG while supporting one of the most interesting and influential clubs in Sweden."
These sentiments were shared by Hammarby chairman Richard von Yxkull, who revealed his hopes that the former Sweden international's involvement would help the club reach the next level.
"This is, of course, exciting news and we look forward to welcoming Zlatan to our club," Von Yxkull said.
"The last couple of years we have had a strong development in Hammarby, and Zlatan's experience and passion for the game can, of course, be beneficial for us when we now focus on taking the next step as a club."
It remains unclear at this stage whether or not Ibrahimovic will join the club in a playing capacity.
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