Jose waits on Zlatan decision

15 July 2017 04:03:57 EST

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says there is no rush to make a decision about the future of injury-stricken striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The 35-year-old frontman enjoyed a superb first season with the Red Devils, netting 28 goals in all competitions before suffering a serious knee injury in a Europa League victory over Anderlecht in April.

We wanted to let him make a decision - space and time to think and decide.

Jose Mourinho

As a result, a one-year extension to his contract has not been triggered as the former Sweden international continues his recovery from surgery, but Mourinho insists that that does not mean that Ibrahimovic has played his last game for United.

He told reporters: "If the decision is to stay and wait until December - he can't be back until them - why not wait? We are speaking and changing ideas.

"We wanted to let him make a decision - space and time to think and decide.  He didn't want to hide behind an amazing injury, that would be easy.

"He was not happy in the way he finished the season. He made the challenge for himself to want to keep playing at highest level.

"We opened the door for him to recover with our people and be one of us."

With Ibrahimovic's future still uncertain, United moved to recruit Romelu Lukaku from Everton for an initial fee of £75million, as they bid to improve on finishing in sixth place in the Premier League last season.

The Red Devils are available at 1/8 to secure a top-four finish next season, with Everton priced at 25/1 and Liverpool 1/1.

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