José Mourinho open to re-signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Manchester United

• Mourinho says he is ‘open’ to new deal for injured Swede
• Manager guarded over approaching Chelsea for Nemanja Matic

José Mourinho has admitted re-signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic is an option, with the Manchester United manager also refusing to rule out a move for Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic.

Ibrahimovic is recovering from a serious knee injury at United’s Carrington training base and is a free agent after being released by the club in the close season. The Swede, 36 in October, was United’s top scorer last season with 28 goals. Of a new deal, Mourinho said: “Possible, it’s open. There was not a new contract [to allow] time for everybody to think, feel and decide. From his point of view he made the decision of wanting to play football still at the highest level. He didn’t want to hide behind such an amazing [serious] injury – it would be easy to hide behind it, stop and go to a different level of football.He made the challenge for himself to keep playing at the highest level.”

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