Jose Mourinho explains why he has ruled out Zlatan Ibrahimovic deal

Date published: Monday 25th November 2019 2:24 - Matthew Briggs

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New Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says he will not be signing LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Portuguese coach has worked with Zlatan twice at Inter Milan and Manchester United and in an extract from his book, I Am Zlatan, the veteran striker spoke glowingly about Mourinho.

“He formed an attachment to me even before we met. He would become a guy I was basically willing to die for,” wrote Ibrahimovic.

Despite admitting at his introductory press conference last week that he was willing to work with what he had, there were already several rumours relating to who Mourinho wanted to sign.

Ibrahimovic is on the lookout for a new home after cutting his ties with the Galaxy, and a return to AC Milan has been widely speculated in the Italian media.

The Swedish striker was also tipped to make a sensational return to the Premier League with Spurs, according to the Corriere Dello Sport.

Now though Mourinho has ruled out any such move, claiming a deal “doesn’t make sense”.

“I have more than a connection, amazing player, amazing guy, but I would say no chance,” said Mourinho when asked about a potential move.

“We have the best striker in England. It doesn’t make sense to sign him when we have Harry Kane.”

Mourinho today appeared before the cameras for the first time on the training ground ahead of the Champions League clash with Olympiacos.

Cameras were allowed onto the training ground at Hotspur Way for a 15-minute open session and they saw Mourinho, less than a week into his new job, spend time with all three groups of players – those who played at the weekend, those that were not involved and the goalkeepers.



He again seemed in a good mood, exchanging pleasantries with some foreign journalists and sharing jokes with the staff.

Harry Kane, Jan Vertonghen and Tanguy Ndombele all joined in the action.

Kane looked to have taken a knock during Saturday’s win at West Ham while Vertonghen has had a hamstring injury and Ndombele a groin problem.

Ben Davies was absent after sustaining an injury against the Hammers, with Erik Lamela and Hugo Lloris also out.

Mourinho, who will be without Ben Davies for the clash with Olympiacos as he nurses an ankle injury, is looking forward to a return to Champions League football.

He said: “I love the competition as much as everyone in football.

“Not everyone has the privilege of being a Champions League winner. I have done it two times and would love to add a third.”

It will be Mourinho’s first game in charge at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and he said: “I’ve been in the new stadium to watch the Newcastle game and I felt it, the relationship between the fans and the players.”

Mourinho confirmed he has not yet spoken to former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino following his departure last week, but plans on getting in touch.

“Sometimes there is a period to process the feelings. I will respect that,” he said. “I spoke with his son, a youth player, and of course I will call him.”

The competition holds no fear for Mourinho, whose side will secure qualification if they win, and he added: “With these boys I will never be afraid of a Champions League match that we face.

“But we need to qualify first.”

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