Last season, Jose Mourinho sent waves around the footballing world when Manchester United signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a free transfer.
The veteran forward led the scoring charts at Old Trafford during his debut campaign, before injury cruelly struck in April, ruling him out of the Europa League final.
That following summer, the veteran earned himself a new deal in Manchester, but he’s barely played any football and has since been sidelined with another injury.
Now, during his pre-Crystal Palace press conference, Mourinho has confirmed that it’s likely Ibrahimovic’s last season at United, with the striker having a real decision to make about his future.
“For Zlatan, we all think it’s his last season at Manchester United and it will be a very personal decision for him to play or to stop,” said Mourinho, to ManUtd.com.
“I think he won the right of choosing his life and his future – he’s such an amazing player with such an amazing career that only that awful injury in the wrong moment broke a fantastic couple of seasons that he could, and should, have with us. “
“This season has been really difficult for him. Is he injured? No, he’s not injured. Does he feel totally happy and totally ready and totally convinced that he’s in [the] conditions to help the team in this moment? No.”
Sadly, I don’t think it’s worked out quite how Ibrahimovic had planned. This is a player who has dominated football wherever he has gone, but his best days are clearly behind him, and it doesn’t look like he’s going to get the fairytale ending that we all wanted him to have.
However, I am concerned about the fact that he’s not injured and he’s still not playing. What on earth is the club paying him for this point in time? There is no point in keeping a unhappy player, particularly when he’s probably going to be playing second-fiddle to Romelu Lukaku anyway.
Whatever he chooses to do, I wish him luck.