Mourinho expects Zlatan Ibrahimovic to leave Manchester United soon

Ibrahimovic retired from Sweden duty in 2016, following the European Championships, but he has also hinted that he may return to the global fold for the World Cup this summer.

The 36-year-old Ibrahimovic retired from global soccer after the 2016 European Championship to focus on prolonging his club career.

Ibrahimovic was asked this week about the prospect of heading to Los Angeles, with Galaxy said to be leading the chase for his signature.

Ibrahimovic was on the Sweden team at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, but the country failed to qualify for the last two editions of the tournament.

Zlatan's knee injury did not seem to be too bad past year and he made a comeback in late November. "I don't know", Mourinho said of the Belgium midfielder who is now out of action with a knee complaint.

Ibrahimovic has scored a Swedish record 62 worldwide goals in 116 matches.

Without him, Sweden came second to France in World Cup qualifying Group A, edging the Netherlands on goal difference, and then beat Italy in a playoff to reach the finals.

Here's what he had to say about that about being part of Janne Andersson's squad as Sweden have been placed in a Group of Death in Group F alongside Germany, Mexico and South Korea. I don't know. I want him to stay, the club want him to stay.

"I miss the national team", he continued. Gosh, we need to talk about the great players we have in this team I believe.

He also said he wouldn't need a telephone call, saying: "I don't think anyone needs to call".

Even if Ibrahimovic goes to the World Cup, he might be looking for a new club.

The former Paris Saint-Germain star has only played five Premier League games this season for Jose Mourinho's United, with his last match ending when he was replaced at half-time in a 2-2 draw with Burnley in December.

  • Stacy Allen