United Boss Mourinho Says Zlatan Ibrahimovic Is Expected To Leave At The End Of The Season
Manchester United gaffer Jose Mourinho has said 36-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic will hopefully leave Old Trafford at the end of the ongoing season.
Striker Ibrahimovic who is in his second season with the Premier League giants will be out of contract in May and has been linked with a move to the United States with LA Galaxy.
Portuguese Mourinho has, however, says he does not know whether the former PSG star will bow out of football or continue to do what he loves to do best.
“For Zlatan, we all think it’s his last season at Manchester United and it will be a very personal decision for him to play or to stop,” he told a news conference on Friday.
“I think he has won the right of choosing his life, his future, such an amazing player and amazing career that only that awful injury in the wrong moment broke a fantastic couple of seasons he could and should have with us,” he said.
The former Sweden international has returned to training but Mourinho has not given up hope of seeing the former Barcelona striker, who has featured in just seven appearances this season, wear a Red Devils’ shirt again.
“This season has been really difficult for him,” Mourinho added. “He’s not injured. Does he feel totally happy, ready and convinced that he’s in conditions to help the team in this moment? No, but he’s such an honest guy and such a champion he only wants to be back with that feeling of I’m totally ready for it.
“So he’s working hard and hopefully his evolution brings him to that level he wants to have a positive answer.”
Ibrahimovic’s last appearance for Manchester United was a Boxing Day fixture against Burnley weeks after making his comeback from a knee ligament surgery.
The 36-year-old forward has just managed 102 minutes of Premier League action this season but found the back of the net 28 times for the Red Devils in all competitions last season.
Ibrahimovic won the Community Shield, League Cup and the Europa League with Manchester United last season.
Nigeria News had reported that Mourinho is ready to allow his highly-rated midfielder leave.