Portuguese boss says: ‘It’s open, of course’
JOSE MOURINHO says he is interested in resigning Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Big Swede, who top scored for Manchester United last season, is currently recovering from a serious knee injury using the club’s facilities at the Carrington training complex.
The 35-year-old is no longer a United player with his contract finishing after just one year.
SunSport revealed earlier this week that Mourinho was interested in bringing him back.
Speaking at their pre-season camp in Los Angeles, Mourinho says that when the player is fully fit again in December he will have talks with him about signing for the club again.
Mourinho said: “It’s open, of course.
“Why not wait for a player who gave us so much, we are exchanging ideas and it’s with Mr Woodward and Zlatan’s agent but the final decision is what’s best for the player.
“We wanted to be open and honest and left everything for him to make decision in case his desire was to leave, so there was not a new contract.
“From his point of view, he made the decision of wanting to play football still at the highest level, he didn’t want to hide behind such an amazing injury, it would be easy to hide behind it and stop and go to a different level of football, but he did not want that.
“He finished the season with his first European trophy but not playing but he made the challenge for himself to want to keep playing at the highest level.
“We opened our door for him to recover with us at Carrington and Old Trafford and at the same time let’s make a decision that makes us all happy.
“And if that is for him to stay and for us to wait let’s say in December maybe, because I don’t think before December he can get back to competitive football.”
It would be a hugely popular move with the fans after his performances last season as he scored 28 goals including two in the EFL Cup Final win over Southampton with his late headed winner claiming the Cup.
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