Jose Mourinho has poured cold water on speculation regarding Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaving Manchester for the LA Galaxy and Major League Soccer.
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Ibrahimovic, 36, has been linked with a move to the Galaxy over the past week but Mourinho told reporters on Friday that he expects the Swedish veteran to return to full fitness and be involved for United at the end of this month.
He also had this to say about Ibra’s potential move to MLS, with Mourinho saying he spent plenty of time with Zlatan on Friday around their Carrington training HQ.
“He never mentioned absolutely anything to me, not an opinion, comment nothing at all, so I presume nothing is true in the news because I would probably be first to know from him. So I presume nothing,” Mourinho said.
Ibrahimovic is currently contracted to United through the end of this season and it is believed he is on a heavily incentivized deal which rewards him for playing.
He may not have made a lot of cash this season, as he signed the deal in November after recovering from a serious knee injury he suffered last April to end his superb debut season at United in disappointing fashion.
Zlatan has played just seven times in all competition this season for United, scoring once, and with the arrival of Romelu Lukaku in the summer, plus Alexis Sanchez in January, many believe he will not be at United past this summer.
Still, his 28 goals in his 2016-17 campaign cut short by injury were pivotal in winning three trophies for United and getting them back to the UEFA Champions League.
It appears this Zlatan to MLS talk will not go away and we can expect plenty more between now and this summer when his deal at United runs out.