Jose Mourinho gives an update on the Man United futures of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marouane Fellaini
Jose Mourinho has confirmed that he expects Zlatan Ibrahimovic to leave Manchester United in the coming months, with the Swedish veteran yet to decide whether he will continue his career beyond this season.
Ibrahimovic made a rapid recovery from a serious knee injury sustained last April and played for United in late November, but Mourinho admits the injury has taken its toll on the 36-year-old who has been offered the chance to move to America’s MLS to sign for LA Galaxy.
“Zlatan we all think it’s his last season at Manchester United and will be a very personal decision for him to play or to stop,” stated Mourinho.
“I think he wants 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 this season really different for him.
“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.”
Mourinho also suggested he does not know whether Marouane Fellaini will stay at United, with his contract set to expire this summer.
“Is he going to stay or leave I don’t know, I want him to stay, the club want him to stay, the process, negotiations, numbers, distances between the offer and what he wants, I really don’t know,” he added.
“His injury had a little surgery, but minor surgery and he will be back to play again in a couple of weeks so if we proceed in the Champions League after Sevilla I think he will be ready for a hypothetical quarter-final, a hypothetical FA Cup semi-final, for the last couple of months of our Premier League fight.”