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Mourinho confirms striker talks

Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Manchester United are in talks to re-sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Swedish striker was released by United at the end of last season after he suffered a serious knee injury back in April in the Europa League quarter final tie against Anderlecht. The striker is not expected to be back in action in until at least December, despite his rehabilitation from injury going extremely well.

Mourinho has offered Zlatan the use of United’s Carrington training ground and medical facilities to continue his rehabilitation, but has also opened discussions regarding with regards to him rejoining the club’s first team on his return from injury.

Mourinho said:

“We are discussing the possibility of him to stay with us.

“It was very clear from him that what he did last year was not enough for him.

“He wants more football at the highest level so we are having conversations and discussing the possibility of him staying for the second part of the season.

“He is injured, he needs time to recover, and is not ready to play tomorrow. It’s not something that’s urgent, it’s not desperate to have it done or not.”

Mourinho has already signed Ibrahimovic’s replacement, splashing out £75million on the signing of a Romelu Lukaku from Everton. Lukaku will even wear the number 9 shirt that was vacated by Ibrahimovic, with the Belgian comfirming that the Swede had given his blessing.

Upon his return, Zlatan could take the number 10 shirt that has been left vacant by long term owner, Wayne Rooney, who has left the club after 13 long years at Old Trafford.

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