£125,000-a-week superstar could leave Old Trafford — Jose Mourinho ready to assist

Jose Mourinho

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says the club will help Zlatan Ibrahimovic “if he wants a future at another club”, reports BBC Sport. MLS side LA Galaxy have been linked with his signature.

The 36-year-old has recently recovered from a cruciate ligament injury, but has struggled for form and playing time this season, leading to rumours that he’s considering a move away from Old Trafford.

“If it’s true and he wants a future at another club we are here to help. But Zlatan told me he wants to recover and feel ready to help the team,” said Mourinho.

Ibrahimovic joined on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain in 2016, scoring 28 goals in 46 games in all competitions in his debut season with United. He picked up a knee injury in April 2017 and was out of contract in the summer.

During his recovery, the Swedish international was offered a one-year extension in August ahead of the new campaign, and surprisingly made his playing return in November.

However, Ibrahimovic suffered a setback a month later, and the lack of playing time that’s been afforded to him this season has raised doubts over his long-term future at United.

“He’s working hard to be fit. I wouldn’t say he’s injured. He is in a moment of trying to feel really ready for demands of Premier League football,” Mourinho added.

The £125,000-a-week star forward, who boasts an impressive 62 goals in 116 games for Sweden, has made seven appearances for United in all competitions, amounting to a paltry 187 minutes.

With Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford for attacking options, game time is likely to be sparse for Ibrahimovic while he’s still not 100%. A move to the MLS might be the right move as a result.

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