Zlatan Ibrahimovic Injury: ‘I decide when it’s time to stop’ on retirement rumors

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Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic suffered an agonizing injury to his knee last week. The 35-year-old was diagnosed with significant knee ligament damage during United’s Europa League victory against Anderlecht at Old Trafford.

Ibrahimovic’s contract at United expires in June. However, the Red Devils were willing to take up the option of keeping the Swede for another year.

The future of Ibrahimovic in the game

The seriousness of the injury could mean that the match against Anderlecht was Ibrahimovic’s last in a United shirt. It could also mean that the footballing world have seen the last of the man from Malmö, Sweden playing on the pitch.

However, the former Ajax, Inter Milan, Barcelona and Paris-Saint Germain striker took to social media to discuss about his future. He also thanked the fans for their support.

“First of all, thank you for all the support and love. Its no news I got injured so I will be out of fotball for a while,” Ibrahimovic said. “I will go through this like everything else and come back even stronger.

“So far I played with one leg so it shouldn’t be any problem. One thing is for sure, I decide when its time to stop and nothing else. Giving up is not an option. See you soon.”

Mourinho wants Ibrahimovic to focus on rehab

Jose Mourinho, United manager revealed that the club had cried over the injuries to Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo in midweek. The Portuguese gaffer admitted that the duo faces a difficult road to recovery. This is more applicable for the Swede given his age.

However, Mourinho stressed that Ibrahimovic needs to focus more on rehabilitation than the thoughts of returning to the game. Players wore training tops with the duo’s names printed on the back at Burnley and Mourinho described Rojo and Ibrahimovic as amazing players.

“We cry because we have two important injuries in two amazing guys. We cry because we have two important injuries in two amazing guys,” Mourinho said, as reported by ESPN.

“No player deserves to be injured, but these two cases are even more sad. Zlatan, in this phase of his career, it is really hard, and Marcos was in the best moment of his career, playing very well for us and finally getting a position as a central defender in the national team. It’s really sad.”

Asked whether Ibrahimovic would play again, Mourinho said: “I’m not thinking about it. I just want the player to recover the best he can.

“I’m not sad for the team — the impact not to have them can affect the team in terms of results and ambitions — I just think about them.”

Manchester United next travel to the Etihad Stadium to face city rivals Manchester City in the Premier League on Thursday.

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