Jose Mourinho has confirmed that he expects Zlatan Ibrahimovic to leave Manchester United at the end of the season.
Ibrahimovic’s contract at Old Trafford expires this summer and the Swedish striker has made just seven first-team appearances this season after recovering from a knee ligament injury.
The 36-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to long-term suitors LA Galaxy, with United unlikely to offer him another contract extension.
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“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,” said Mourinho.
“I think he wants the right of choosing his life, his future, such an amazing player and amazing career. [It’s a shame] that only that awful injury at the wrong moment broke a fantastic couple of seasons he could, and should, have had with us. This season is really different for him.
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“He’s not injured. Does he feel totally happy, ready and convinced that he’s in condition 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.”