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Jose Mourinho says Zlatan Ibrahimovic is coming to the end of his career playing at the highest level

Ibra has been a part of the furniture of top level football for the past 15 years but sadly all good things must come to an end

Zlatan holds a CV that would make nearly every football drool with jealousy.

The maverick Swede has played at nearly ever top level club you can think of.

He has won titles in Holland, Italy, Spain and France and even added a few more trophies to the mantelpiece after signing for Man United aged 34.

Zlatan does not retire from football, football retires from Zlatan

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Zlatan does not retire from football, football retires from Zlatan

But all good things must come to an end and sadly Jose Mourinho has said Ibra’s days at the top of the footballing tree are numbered.

Zlatan has scored 421 goals in 730 professional games in a career spanning two decades.

His colourful character and unrivalled talent with a ball has endeared him to the footballing world.

However, after a damaging cruciate knee ligament injury last season which kept him out for months and a further setback this year, the United gaffer is calling time on Ibra’s ability to impact games at the very highest level.


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No one would have questioned Ibra for doing a ‘John Terry’

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No one would have questioned Ibra for doing a ‘John Terry’

“I wish I was his manager when he was 29 at Inter Milan. We can’t stop time, and for players time means a lot,” Mourinho told reporters before the Red Devils’ game against Stoke tonight.

“Zlatan knows that. He knows that at the highest level he is in the last part of his career, but his dream, his desire, his fight was always to end at Manchester United his career at the highest level.”

Ibrahimovic has had a successful career at Old Trafford so far, scoring 28 goals in 46 games last season and helping the team to the FA Cup and Europa League in his first season at the club.

Mourinho added that the record appearance holder for Sweden can still be useful for United.


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Both men were at the peak of their powers back then

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Both men were at the peak of their powers back then

“And, using the words he repeats all the time, being useful for me, for the team, and that I think he can. He just needs to feel really happy with his knee, with his condition and that I think he can.

“As a leader in the dressing room, as a leader on the pitch, as a quality player on the pitch, I think he can do that, he deserves that and I’m here to try to help him do that.”

Mourinho could really do with a striker like Zlatan was in his peak years with Romelu Lukaku stumbling in the league, scoring just twice in his last nine league games, and Marcus Rashford not yet ready to lead the line by himself.

We will miss you at the top Zlatan.