Mourinho Hints At Zlatan Return
Jose Mourinho Hints At Zlatan Ibrahimovic Return
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has commented on rumours that the Red Devils could offer Zlatan Ibrahimovic a new contract.
The Swede's deal with the club expired at the end of June, and was not extended due to the serious knee injury he sustained in April.
However, Ibrahimovic has been working hard on his comeback since, and reports suggest that he could be offered a new deal by United – news Mourinho has all but confirmed, although he insisted the Old Trafford club will wait to see how the striker's recovery continues.
"If the decision is to stay and wait until December – he can't be back until them – why not wait? We are speaking and exchanging ideas," the Portuguese tactician said, as quoted by ESPN.
Mourinho was also asked about rumours linking his side with a move for Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic.
"I can't say any word about a player who is a Chelsea player, it's the same with Morata, we have to respect the player, the club, the owner, the manager," he explained, as quoted by the Daily Express.
"I don't want to be disrespectful, we don't have our door closed, we are not happy with just Lukaku and Lindelof.
"We need more, we wanted four, so I would say 50% of the job is done, but I don't want to say that because everything is so difficult.
"I would like to be in Ed Woodward's position negotiating because everything is really difficult, so maybe we don't get two, we get one but we need one more to give us more options.
"We have players that belong to the squad but cannot play for next few months, (Marcos) Rojo, Ashley Young, Luke Shaw, if Zlatan (Ibrahimovic) stays.
"We need two more players I would say, at least one, but I don't want to say Matic or any other name because I don't think it's correct."
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