United open to Zlatan return

11 August 2017 10:56:24 EST

Manchester United have confirmed that they are in talks with Zlatan Ibrahimovic about him returning to the club once he recovers from injury.

The 35-year-old striker was a massive hit with the Red Devils last season, netting 28 goals in all competitions to help United with the Community Shield, EFL Cup and the Europa League.

We are having conversations and we are discussing the possibility of him staying with us for the second part of the season.

Jose Mourinho

However, the former Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Barcelona and PSG frontman sustained a season-ending knee injury against Anderlecht in mid-April and is currently undergoing extensive rehab to try and regain fitness.

Ibrahimovic has already made known his desire to return to top-class action and United boss Jose Mourinho would certainly welcome the player back to Old Trafford, while accepting that there is no rush to find an agreement.

He told the club's official website: "He's injured and he needs time to recover. He's not something urgent, he's not something you are desperate to have it done, or not done.

"I just think he was very clear by showing what he did last year was not enough for him. He thinks he can do more, he wants more at football's highest level.

"We are having conversations and we are discussing the possibility of him staying with us for the second part of the season."

Mourinho's United get their Premier League campaign under way on Sunday when they play host to West Ham United, with defenders Eric Bailly and Phil Jones available after having to sit out the European Super Cup loss to Real Madrid.

The Red Devils are 17/2 to defeat the Hammers 2-1, with summer signing Romelu Lukaku 8/11 to score at any time and 11/4 to net the first goal of the game.

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