LOS ANGELES, California: Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be given the chance to resurrect his Manchester United career as he battles back from a serious knee injury, manager Jose Mourinho confirmed on Friday.
Swedish star Ibrahimovic was United’s top-scorer last season, bagging 28 goals in all competitions.
However, the 35-year-old’s future was cast into doubt after he suffered a double cruciate ligament injury in April, cutting short a successful first season.
The injury prompted United to shelve plans to exercise an option to give Zlatan a second season with the club.
Mourinho, speaking ahead of United’s opening US tour game against Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday, said Ibrahimovic could still return to the club next season.
“It’s possible, it’s open,” Mourinho said.
Mourinho said the forward had indicated he wanted to continue to play at “the highest level”.
“From his point of view, he made the decision of wanting to play football still at the highest level,” Mourinho said.
Mourinho indicated a decision on a new contract for Ibrahimovic would likely be taken closer to him regaining full fitness.