Published: Fri, March 02, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Mourinho expects Zlatan Ibrahimovic to leave at end of season

Mourinho expects Zlatan Ibrahimovic to leave at end of season

Denis Irwin says Jose Mourinho's expertise in European competition will be Manchester United's greatest weapon in their attempt to win the Champions League this season.

He has won the right to choose his future, his life with an fantastic career.

Ibrahimovic returned to action earlier than expected after appearing as a substitute during the Red Devils' 4-1 victory over Newcastle United.

"So, we're in a very good position with an terrible lot to play for in the last two-and-a-half months of the season." .

I never met them, but I have to believe the kid with his attitude towards the others and towards football, I believe the parents must be really good people that pass to him the right values. He is now on the sidelines once again with a complication that has left the player "not totally happy with his condition", according to manager Jose Mourinho.

"But he's such an honest guy and such a champion he only wants to be back with that feeling of: "I'm totally ready for it".

"I want him to stay, the club want him to stay".

The 21-year-old has made just 17 senior appearances, and Mourinho said focusing on United would lead to global recognition.

Lindelof signed last summer for £31m to become United's most expensive defender, overtaking the £29.1m paid out for Rio Ferdinand in 2002.

But he has not played since January due to a niggling knee injury with Mourinho uncertain the midfielder will be at the club next term.

"Fellaini is a different story (to Ibrahimovic)", Mourinho said of the Belgium midfielder, now out of action with a knee complaint.

'If we proceed in the Champions League I think he'll be ready for the quarter-final and the last couple of months of our Premiership fight'. "Such an wonderful player and incredible career, only that very bad injury in the wrong moment broke a fantastic couple of seasons he could and should have with us".

United, who are second in the Premier League but 16 points adrift of Manchester City, visit Crystal Palace on Monday.

"Is he going to stay or leave?" He diverted the Mourinho issue while speaking to the Express: "I'm only here to support Zlatan and talk about Padel".

"And I'd include us [Manchester United] in that because I think the manager knows how to win".

"If I want, I do it".

"My advice is to keep being the way he is: Very humble, very open to learn, intelligent".

"Trying to fight to have minutes with Manchester United, which is not easy, and then national team will be just a outcome of his work at the club".

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