Zlatan Ibrahimovic hints at Manchester United move

Zlatan Ibrahimovic hints at Manchester United move, saying ‘the future is already written’ and praises Jose Mourinho

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic heavily linked with a move to Manchester United
  • The striker is a free agent once his deal expires at Paris Saint-Germain 
  • The Swede praised Jose Mourinho, who is on the verge of becoming the new manager at Old Trafford 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has dropped a broad hint that a sensational move to Manchester united could be on – and declared that Jose Mourinho is the man to win back the title.

Incoming United manager Mourinho is known to have sounded out the 34-year-old via intermediaries as he looks to return the club to the pinnacle of the Premier League.

Ibrahimovic was effusive in his praise of the Portuguese manager on Thursday, playing up to speculation that they could be poised for a stunning reunion.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has heightened talk he is set to sign for Manchester United on a free transfer

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has heightened talk he is set to sign for Manchester United on a free transfer

The 34-year-old striker said that the 'future is already written' and knows where he will be playing next season

The 34-year-old striker said that the ‘future is already written’ and knows where he will be playing next season

Ibrahimovic was talking in Sweden at a training camp ahead of Euro 2016 next month

ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC CV

 AJAX (2001-2004)

Eredivisie: 2002, 2004

KNVB Cup: 2002

JUVENTUS (2004-2006)

Serie A: 2005, 2006 (both revoked from Juventus due to the 2006 Calciopoli scandal)

INTER MILAN (2006-2009)

Serie A: 2007, 2008, 2009

Italian Super Cup: 2006, 2008

BARCELONA (2009-2011)

La Liga: 2010

Spanish Super Cup: 2009, 2010

UEFA Super Cup: 2009

Club World Cup: 2009

AC MILAN (2010-2011 on loan)

Serie A: 2011

Italian Super Cup: 2011

PSG (2012- 2016)

Ligue 1: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

French Cup: 2015, 2016

French League Cup: 2014, 2015, 2016

French Champions Trophy: 2013, 2014, 2015 

Ibrahimovic’s camp are understood to be asking for £220,000 a week having received ‘concrete offers from England, Italy and outside Europe.’

The Mourinho factor could yet sway one of the most enigmatic talents in European football, who admitted his desperation to work with the former Chelsea boss after their time together at Inter Milan.

Asked if he was tempted to work with Mourinho one more time, Ibrahimovic said: ‘I had a fantastic time with him, when I was working with him.

‘Working again with him… when I left Inter I said, “We had a short time together. I had a great time”. If we will work together again I don’t know. Let’s see how things play out.’

When pushed if he was close to joining United, Ibrahimovic added: ‘I don’t give guarantees.

‘I said there is concrete offers from Premier League so let us see what happens.’

With a wide grin, he continued: ‘I have spoken with him (Mourinho) every day since I left Inter.

‘That is no secret. I have a great relationship with Mourinho and we are in contact but not in this week.

‘I am talking to him for many years so that is it. What else do you need to know, tell me?

While Ibrahimovic’s post-PSG future will soon be resolved, it will be fascinating to see how Mourinho affects United following Louis van Gaal’s sacking.

Ibrahimovic said: ‘I think it is a great move. If you want action, you bring Mourinho.

‘I believe he is the man to bring them back to the top. Wherever he went he has won. He knows what he is doing. If you want to win, you bring Mourinho.’

Ibrahimovic was also complimentary about Jose Mourinho, who is set to be United's next manager

Ibrahimovic was also complimentary about Jose Mourinho, who is set to be United’s next manager

Ibrahimovic said he had offers from other countries but has settled on a decision regarding his next move

Ibrahimovic said he had offers from other countries but has settled on a decision regarding his next move

Ibrahimovic said he has 'a great relationship' with Mourinho (right) and believes United would be a good move

Ibrahimovic said he has ‘a great relationship’ with Mourinho (right) and believes United would be a good move

One question lurking over Ibrahimovic concerns his suitability, aged 34, to the physicalities of the Premier League after four years of dominance in the less competitive surrounds of French football.

He said: ‘I am just warming up. I had a great season, a fantastic season so I proved age is just a number. Everything is in your head. Everything you want to do, you do. If I want to make it, I will make it. If I want to do it, I will do it. I am not worried.’

QUESTIONS TO ZLATAN FROM SPORTSMAIL’S RIATH AL-SAMARRAI

Q: What is your opinion on Jose Mourinho going to Manchester United?

I think it is a great move. If you want action, you bring Mourinho.

Q: Is he the man to bring United the title?

I believe he is the man to bring them back to the top. Wherever he went he has won. He knows what he is doing. If you want to win, you bring Mourinho.

Q: How tempting is it to work with him again?

I had a fantastic time with him, when I was working with him. Working again with him… when I left Inter I said we had a short time together. I had a great time. If we will work together again I don’t know. Let’s see how things play out.

Q: Is that a suggestion you are close to joining Manchester United?

I don’t give guarantees. I said there is concrete offers from Premier League so let us see what happens.

Q: There are suggestions with your age about whether you would be suited to play in the Premier League. How do you feel about that?

I am just warming up. I had a great season, a fantastic season so I proved age is just a number. Everything is in your head. Everything you want to do, you do. If I want to make it, I will make it. If I want to do it I will do it. I am not worried.

Q: Have you spoken directly with Mourinho this week?

(Smiles) I have spoken with him every day since I left Inter. That is no secret. I have a great relationship with Mourinho and we are in contact but not in this week. I am talking for many years so that is it. What else do you need to know, tell me?

Q: Can you confirm there has been an offer from Manchester United?

(Big grin) Let us see what happens.

 

 

 

 

Source: Daily Mail

 

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