Jose Mourinho says he will support any decision Zlatan Ibrahimovic makes on his future
By Michael Kelleher
Last Updated: 30/03/17 1:31pm
Jose Mourinho insisted he will support whatever decision Zlatan Ibrahimovic makes regarding his future at Manchester United.
The 35-year-old is currently deliberating on whether to take up the option of a further 12-month contract for next season.
Ibrahimovic has been linked with a move to the MLS to become the LA Galaxy's latest expensive foreign import, but Mourinho has been vocal in his desire to keep United's top scorer at Old Trafford next season.
"I am just calm and waiting for the decision," Mourinho said in an exclusive interview to be aired this weekend on Soccer Saturday.
"If the decision is for him to stay and he is happy with that, we are delighted with that. If his decision is to leave and try to find a different challenge, I will be also happy for him.
"He is [a big part of our success this season] but the human being is more important than the player and the team. If his decision is to leave and try to be happy with his family and have a different reality, so be it."
On Tuesday, Ibrahimovic confirmed he has not yet made up his mind on his future but did offer United fans hope by saying he "never leaves a job unfinished".
"Let's see what happens, we are talking," Ibrahimovic said to The Manchester Evening News.
"I have an option for another year, I want to do great as long as I'm here, so let us see, there is a lot of time.
"I'm enjoying being at a a fantastic club, without doubts, one of the biggest clubs in the world with a great coach. I know him before, he's a winner, he's the perfect coach for this club.
"Being a Manchester United player, I don't know how many people have that possibility but I am a Man United player, people wanted me here, I chose the club, I chose the best English club, that's the way it works."