Mourinho confirms Zlatan in talks over United return

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Jose Mourinho has confirmed Manchester United are in talks to bring striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic back to the club later this season.

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s Premier League opener against West Ham, Mourinho said United were talking with the Swede over the possibility of securing his services for the second half of the 2017/18 season.

Ibrahimovic is currently a free agent after he was released by the Red Devils at the end of last season. He has been training at United’s Aon training complex this week as he continues his rehabilitation from a cruciate knee ligament injury suffered in April.

“He’s injured, and needs time to recover,” Mourinho said on Friday.

“He’s not ready to play tomorrow so it’s not urgent, not desperate to have it done or not done.

“I just think he was very clear showing what he did last year was not enough for him.

“He thinks he can do more, he wants more at football’s highest level, so we are having conversations and we are discussing the possibility of him staying with us for the second part of the season.”

Jose Mourinho

Mourinho also revealed that while United still hope to sign one more player, he will not be “crying” if they do not.

The United manager wanted four new players in specific positions, but so far only Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic have joined.

Ideally, Mourinho wants another wide player, having already secured a new striker, defender and midfielder, but says he will be content even if they don’t manage to acquire one.

“In my initial analysis from January and through the months I was thinking of four players but I’m not a difficult person to work with in spite of if you make it look different,” said Mourinho.

“I understand the reality of the market, the numbers and my club by doing 75 per cent of what I asked, the club did well.

“I don’t think I’m in a position of crying, moaning, protesting. I’m not in a position to say I’m not happy.

“I’m happy with the club’s efforts. If the remaining 25 per cent don’t arrive I will not moan, I will just go with everything I have to try to win every match I play.”

Mourinho added: “We got a central defender that can play in many other positions, which is important. We got a central midfielder, a striker, obviously the 25 per cent would be for a player from the sides, but we have players.

“If we cannot strengthen the team in these areas we have players that we can trust.”