January 29, 2018 / 2:18 PM / in 9 months

Ibrahimovic free to go if he wants, says Mourinho

LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester United will not stand in the way of Zlatan Ibrahimovic if he wants to leave the club, manager Jose Mourinho said on Monday.

FILE PHOTO - Soccer Football - Carabao Cup Quarter Final - Bristol City vs Manchester United - Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol, Britain - December 20, 2017 Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores their first goal from a free kick REUTERS/David Klein

But the Swedish striker, linked by British media with a move to LA Galaxy, has not mentioned the subject to his manager.

“If that is true and Zlatan wants a future in another club in another country then I give to help and create conditions for that to happen,” Mourinho told reporters.

The 36-year-old Ibrahimovic, who joined United in 2016 and is out of contract in the summer, has hardly played this season after suffering a knee ligament injury last year.

FILE PHOTO - Soccer Football - Carabao Cup Quarter Final - Bristol City vs Manchester United - Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol, Britain - December 20, 2017 Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho shakes hands with Zlatan Ibrahimovic as he is substituted Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley

But Mourinho said Ibrahimovic was striving to get back to peak condition.

“He’s working hard to be fit. I’m not saying injured because he’s not injured. I think he’s in a moment of trying to feel really ready for the demands of Premier League football.”

Mourinho also gave an update on midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who is free to talk to other clubs as his contract ticks down.

“He knows I want him and the club wants him and I think that’s very important for him. But then there is a paper to sign but you only sign the paper when you are happy with what’s on the paper,” Mourinho said.

The 30-year-old Belgian has been linked with a move to Turkish side Besiktas.

Reporting by Neil Robinson, editing by Ed Osmond

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