Manchester United would help Zlatan Ibrahimovic leave – Jose Mourinho

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says the club will “create conditions” to help Zlatan Ibrahimovic leave if he wants.

It has been reported that the 36-year-old former Sweden striker is close to completing a move to MLS side LA Galaxy.

“If it’s true and he wants a future at another club we are here to help,” said Mourinho.

“But Zlatan told me he wants to recover and feel ready to help the team.”

Ibrahimovic, who re-signed for United on a one-year deal in August, returned to action in November after recovering from a serious knee injury.

But he has made only six appearances since, and has not played since the 2-2 Premier League draw against Burnley on 26 December.

Mourinho said: “He’s working hard to be fit. I wouldn’t say he’s injured.

“He is in a moment of trying to feel really ready for demands of Premier League football.”

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An LA Galaxy source told the BBC that reports linking the club to the veteran forward were “rumours at present”.

Ibrahimovic initially joined United on a free transfer in July 2016 but was released the following summer after his season was ended prematurely by a knee injury.

Meanwhile, Mourinho described midfielder Marouane Fellaini as “a very important player for me” amid reports linking him with Stoke and Turkish club Galatasaray.

The 30-year-old Belgium international, whose contract expires this summer, rejected a new deal from United in September.

Mourinho said: “There is a desire to stay together. It is my desire, it is the board’s desire, it is his desire.

“Are we going to agree? I don’t know.”

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