Jose Mourinho expects Zlatan Ibrahimovic to leave Manchester United at the end of the season.
Ibrahimovic has struggled for fitness since returning from the serious knee ligament injury he suffered last season which sidelined him for seven months, with his last game for United coming against Burnley on Boxing Day.
United boss Mourinho, who also managed Ibrahimovic while at Inter, is disappointed the Swede’s time at Old Trafford has been marred by injury.
“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.
“I think he wants the right of choosing his life, his future, such an amazing player and amazing career. [It’s a shame] that only that awful injury in the wrong moment broke a fantastic couple of seasons he could, and should, have had with us. This season is really different for him.
“He’s not injured. Does he feel totally happy, ready and convinced that he’s in condition to help the team in this moment? No. But he’s such an honest guy and such a champion, he only wants to be back with that feeling of ‘I’m totally ready for it’.
“So he’s working hard and hopefully his evolution brings him to that level. He wants to have a positive answer.”
Ibrahimovic has made just seven appearances for United this season and was only able to complete 45 minutes in his previous outing after suffering a recurrence of the knee injury he picked up last April.