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Published: 23:48 | 11/6/16

Keane urges Man Utd to sign Zlatan


Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane says Zlatan Ibrahimovic would be "a good fit" at his former club Manchester United.

Zlatan, 34, is expected to agree a one-year deal with the Premier League giants at the end of the month on a free transfer, after the expiration of his current deal with French champions Paris Saint-Germain.

Speaking ahead of Ireland's first Euro 2016 group game against the Swedes in Paris on Monday night, former Red Devils' captain Keane compared Zlatan to Eric Cantona and says the former Barcelona, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus and PSG striker would be a popular addition to the Old Trafford dressing room.

"Of course he’s a good fit for United, he’s a good player," said Keane.

"Is he like Eric Cantona? They're big characters, clearly, whatever you say about Cantona he was a popular lad, and I get the impression Zlatan is the same.

"Whatever you hear about his playing career, you hear from his team mates and he seems to be a bit of a character, and you can see that in the way he plays.

"It's good to see that, because there's a lack of characters out there, and he certainly is that. On top of all that, he's a very, very good player. To compare him to Eric, he's a little different, but he’s a very good player."

Keane also says "the time's not right yet" for a return to club management, after agreeing a two-year extension to his contract with Ireland this week.

The 44-year-old, who was sacked by Ipswich Town in 2011 after 20 months in charge at Portman Road with the Tractor Boys 19th in the Championship table, says he has had offers from clubs since his Ireland appointment in November 2013.

"I’ve had opportunities to go back into club management when I’ve been in this job," Keane said.

"But not enough for me to go ‘yeah, time for me to leave.’ The time’s not right yet.

"I’m enjoying it too much. And unless people say… and whatever it is about job offers, it’s got to be the right one. Got to be the right club, and that hasn’t happened yet."

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