Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Jose Mourinho: Zlatan Ibrahimovic could return to Manchester United

Jose Mourinho: Zlatan Ibrahimovic could return to Manchester United

The Swedish striker, who scored 28 goals for the Red Devils before he suffered ligament damage to his right knee playing in the Europa League in April, was released when his one-year contract expired at the end of June.

The 35-year-old is no longer a United player with his contract finishing after just one year.

Mourinho admits the door is still open for him to come back to United on a short-term deal and that he could be fit again in December.

"It's possible. It's open, we wanted to be honest and open and make a decision if his desire was to leave".

However, United boss Mourinho is keeping a keen eye on Ibrahimovic's recovery and admits a new deal at Old Trafford could be on the cards.

"So we open our door for him to recover with us, at Old Trafford, at Carrington".

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'From his point of view, he made the decision of wanting to play football still at the highest level.

However, Ibrahimovic is being aggressively pursued by LA Galaxy, who wanted him when he left PSG previous year, and are prepared to make him the highest paid player in the MLS.

That forward looks set to be Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with Zlatan already showing he can more than cut it in the Premier League, and rumours United did want to offer him a contract extension despite his injury, yet the player himself refused. "It's time to go to a different level of football.' He wasn't happy with the way he finished that season".

'If that decision is for him to stay and for us to wait, let's say, until December, because I don't think before December he can be back playing competitive football, then why not?'

"We are speaking, we are exchanging ideas, but the most important thing is what is best for the player".

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