Jose waits on Zlatan decision

29 January 2018 09:53:57 EST

Manchester United will not stand in the way of veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic if he decides to leave the club before the end of the season.

The 36-year-old frontman is currently absent from the first-team picture at Old Trafford as he works on his fitness, having struggled to make an impact after returning to the fold from a long-term knee problem.

And, while Mourinho says he has not heard from the payer that he wants to move on, the Portuguese also admitted that he would not be a barrier to Ibrahimovic trying his luck elsewhere.

He told reporters ahead of a Wednesday evening Wembley clash with Tottenham Hotspur: "He told me nothing about it. The first time I read or heard something about that was from the media. He never mentioned that to me, so I don't know.

"Zlatan is in the last year of his contract. If that is true and Zlatan wants a future at another club in another country, we are here to help and to create conditions for that to happen, not to make his life difficult.

"But, I repeat, the last thing Zlatan told me was he wants to recover totally and feel ready to help the team."

Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals in all competitions last season, before seeing his campaign ended prematurely when he was injured in a Europa League clash with Anderlecht.

This term he has managed just seven appearances, with his only goal coming in the 2-1 League Cup quarter-final defeat at Bristol City.

United are available at 11/5 to secure three Premier League points against Spurs on Wednesday, with recent signing Alexis Sanchez 7/1 to score the first goal of the game and 11/5 to score at any time.

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