‘Why not wait?’ – Mourinho interested in keeping Zlatan Ibrahimovic


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.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic made his last appearance for Manchester United in the Europa League Quarter-Finals againts Anderlecht, sustaining injuries to both his meniscus and anterior cruciate ligament after contesting a ball in the air and landing awkwardly. Initial reports doubted Zlatan’s chances of ever playing at the highest level again, but rehabilitation has progressed well and the player is on course for a December return

“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.


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