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Eddie Howe challenges Bournemouth to keep Ibrahimovic quiet

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe before the game

Ahead of their opening Premier League game Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has challenged his team to keep Zlatan Ibrahimovic a silent figure.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has challenged his side to make sure Zlatan Ibrahimovic has a quiet Premier League debut on Sunday afternoon, as quoted by Sky Sports.

Speaking ahead of the match against Manchester Unite, Howe has called for his team to stop Ibrahimovic having any kind of impact in a game which should also see a debut for £89 million signing Paul Pogba.

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores their second goalManchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores their second goal

In his pre-match press conference Howe said, via Sky Sports: "I think Zlatan will probably play. He's a real talent, it's great to see him here but we don't want to be in awe of him, we want to keep him quiet.

"We are well aware of the test we have. Hopefully we give as good as we get."

Howe also went on to discuss the challenge the Cherries face in the upcoming season. While last year's 16th-place finish in their first top-flight campaign can be viewed as achieving exactly what they set out to do, this season will offer a different challenge.

Bournemouth's Lewis Cook in action with Valencia's Alvaro MedranBournemouth's Lewis Cook in action with Valencia's Alvaro Medran

"I'm expecting it to be harder," Howe added. "The novelty value will have worn off from players. The challenge will be tougher and we need to respond."

But despite Howe's comments Bournemouth appear to be better placed than last season, having secured the services of Lewis Cook from Leeds United, Lys Mousset from Le Havre, and Brad Smith and Jordon Ibe from Liverpool.

Howe has also completed the loan signing of Nathan Ake from Chelsea, an encouraging addition after Ake’s performances last season for Watford.

Bournemouth's Nathan AkeBournemouth's Nathan Ake

Howe has looked to strengthen in a number of areas, and in addition to the signings he has made, he will hope that forward Callum Wilson can stay free from injury after missing the majority of Bournemouth's campaign last year with a long-term knee injury.

Bournemouth have further cause for celebration after Joshua King signed a new four-year deal this week.

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