Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has left the door open for Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to remain at the club.
The 35-year-old’s contract expired in June but the player has remained at United’s training facility to rehabilitate from knee surgery.
“Let’s make a decision that makes everybody happy,” said Jose Mourinho in his first pre-season press conference.
“If the decision is for him to stay (and wait roughly until December when his recovery is complete) then why not wait for a player who gave us so much?”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted 28 times from 46 appearances in all competitions in his debut season in England, and would add title-winning and Champions League experience to a largely inexperienced attack on a European scale.
The fact that a player in the twilight of his career made almost 50 appearances for United last season illustrates the reliance they had on the Swede to produce up front, a problem which will be balanced out with the signing of Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku.
Alternatives include MLS clubs LA Galaxy and Los Angeles FC, while Ibrahimovic has claimed that a ‘big announcement’ regarding his future will be made soon.