Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has said that Zlatan Ibrahimovic could choose to remain with the club, by signing a new deal.
Ibrahimovic scored 17 Premier League goals last season after joining from Paris Saint-Germain, but a knee injury sustained against Anderlecht in the Europa League quarter-finals ruled him out for the remainder of the season.
The 35-year-old was subsequently left off United’s retained list at the end of the campaign.
But Mourinho has opened the door for Ibrahimovic to return to Old Trafford, if and when he is able to prove his fitness.
“Possibly, it’s open. Of course we wanted to be honest and open and leave everything for him to make the decision,” Mourinho said when asked by reporters about Ibrahimovic’s possible future at United on Friday.
“At the same time, let’s make a decision that makes us all happy and if that is for him to stay and for us to wait – let’s say in December maybe, because I don’t think before December he can get back to competitive football – but why not wait for a player who gave us so much?
“We are changing ideas and it’s with Mr Woodward and Zlatan’s agent, but the final decision is the best for the player.”