The Swedish legend first posted a picture of a Hammarby shirt to his Instagram account on Tuesday, prompting speculation that he may seal a move to the club as a free agent after leaving LA Galaxy recently. But it was later revealed by Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) that half of their stake in Hammarby have been sold to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
“Hammarby is a fantastic club with passionate supporters and has great respect in both Stockholm and Sweden,” Ibrahimovic told the club’s website.
“I have always liked the club and the fans, since then I am impressed with what the club has done in recent years, both on and off the pitch.
“Being able to join and develop Hammarby forward feels both fun and exciting.”
Hammarby chairman Richard von Yxkull added: “This is still new to us, but of course very exciting.
“Spontaneously the timing feels good, we have had a strong development in recent years and next year we play in Europe.
“To then get a person like Zlatan Ibrahimovi? into the club, with the passion and winning mentality he stands for feels right.
“It is too early to say anything in detail about how Zlatan can contribute to Hammarby Football, but there is clearly very great potential in the collaboration.”
The former Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain forward who is currently a free agent following his departure from LA Galaxy at the end of the MLS season has been linked with a number of European clubs, including Italian sides Napoli, AC Milan, and Bologna.