As Zlatan Ibrahimovic debates his future with Manchester United, Jose Mourinho opens up about his leading scorers future and insists he will support whatever decision he comes to.
The 35 year-old has the option of a further 12-month contract extension for next season upon his current contract ending in the summer, but the Swede is unsure of his next move with links to a move to MLS and the LA Galaxy.
Ibrahimovic who moved from Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain in a free transfer has scored 26 goals in all competitions, but with United currently fifth in the Premier League and 17 points behind leaders and with his vow “never leave a job unfinished,” it looks like he may stick around.
Mourinho has admitted his striker has not yet hinted as to his future plans and has yet to sign the contract extension at Old Trafford, handed to him last December.
“I am just calm and waiting for the decision,” Mourinho said in an exclusive interview with Rob Palmer from Sky Sports.
“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.”
It is understood Ibrahimovic could be holding out for a two-year extension, which has not been forthcoming thus far.
United play West Brom at Old Trafford on Saturday but Ibrahimovic will not be available along with Ander Herrera whilst both serve their remaining game ban.