Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says he will be “happy” whatever decision Zlatan Ibrahimovic makes regarding his future.
United’s top scorer has the option of a further 12-month contract at Old Trafford next season, but he is thought to have offers elsewhere, including a record-breaking move to MLS.
The LA Galaxy are keen to lure him to the United States by making him the highest ever paid player in the MLS, but Mourinho is just as keen to keep the 35-year-old talisman at United.
Speaking in an exclusive interview to be aired this weekend on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday, Mourinho said: “I am just calm and waiting for the decision.
“If the decision is for him to stay and he is happy with that, we are delighted with that. If his decision is to leave and try to find a different challenge, I will be also happy for him.
“He is [a big part of our success this season] but the human being is more important than the player and the team. If his decision is to leave and try to be happy with his family and have a different reality, so be it.”
Earlier this week Ibrahimovic hinted he would stay on at Old Trafford after saying he “never leaves a job unfinished”.
He told the Manchester Evening News: “I’m a person when I go into something I put my head 200 per cent and I do what I’m good at.
“I go in, I go for the kill and I go out. And when I go out, there is no complaints, that’s what I do. I never leave a job unfinished.
“Let’s see what happens, we are talking. I have an option for another year, I want to do great as long as I’m here, so let us see, there is a lot of time.”