Manchester United have confirmed the departures of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Josh Harrop, Kayne Diedrick-Roberts and Faustin Makela.

Although Ibrahimovic’s release was confirmed last month and Preston announced the signing of Harrop on a free transfer last week, the duo’s United contracts officially ended at midnight and the club has issued an announcement.

Hours before his United deal expired, Ibrahimovic bid farewell to his United followers on Instagram with just six words.

Ibrahimovic wrote: “I came. I said. I conquered.” The former Paris Saint-Germain striker accompanied the caption with a picture of him celebrating his FA Cup winner at Blackburn in February. The post was liked by Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard.

The club has already removed Ibrahimovic and Harrop’s profiles from the first-team section on the official website, leaving the number nine shirt vacant.

United youngsters confirmed Diedrick-Roberts’ summer departure in May through their Instagram pages.

Diedrick-Roberts, 18, joined United from Fulham in 2015 and scored in the Under-18s’ win at Middlesbrough early in 2016-17 but was outshone by United’s other youngsters.

The Lewisham-born forward, who lined up alongside Marcus Rashford in the academy attack last season, headed to Bournemouth on a youth loan for more minutes in December and returned to make his only United Reserves start in the draw with Leicester in April.

Makela, 17, was hampered by growth-related injuries which restricted him to just one academy start in successive seasons before his final campaign with the club.

Congo-born midfielder Makela made his Under-23 debut at Leicester in April but had already embarked on a youth loan with League One Bury due to a lack of playing time.

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Makela wrote on Instagram: “Shared a lot and good memories with the boys , going to miss you all & good luck to everyone in the future.”

 

Source: Manchester Evening News