Monday 17 December 2018

Jose Mourinho says he won't stand in Zlatan Ibrahimovic's way if he wants to leave Manchester United

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been linked with LA Galaxy
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been linked with LA Galaxy

Jamie Gardner

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he will not stand in Zlatan Ibrahimovic's way if he wants to leave Old Trafford. The veteran striker, currently sidelined with a knee injury, has been linked with Los Angeles Galaxy.

Mourinho said: "Zlatan is in the last year of his contract. If, if, if - and he said nothing to me - but if, if, if that is true, and Zlatan wants a future in another club in another country, we are here to help and create conditions to help, not to make his life difficult."

Ibrahimovic, 36, signed a one-year contract extension last summer but has been limited to just seven appearances this term by injury.

Asked about suggestions Ibrahimovic could leave, Mourinho said at a press conference: "He told me nothing about it. The first time I read something about this is from you, I read from somewhere or saw on some TV channel, he never mentioned that to me, so I don't know."

Mourinho has also expressed hope that Marouane Fellaini could sign a new contract. The Belgium midfielder is in the final year of his present deal and there has been speculation he too could move on.

Mourinho said: "He's a very important player for me. He's a great professional who is giving everything he can to help the team and there is a desire from myself, the board and the player to stay together, that's our objective.

"Are we going to agree? I don't know. What I know is myself, the board and the player would like to have a happy end."

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