Jose Mourinho has spoken about the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Manchester United, and noted that it’s a sad day for the club and him – not to mention the Premier League.
The top flight has bid farewell to the striker, who will now go on and try and raise the profile of the MLS, while taking his own personal brand and LA Galaxy to the next level, and Mourinho claimed he feels sorrow when top players come to the end of their career, but that the US as a country and the MLS as a league will profit.
“For me it’s always sad when the big players go in the direction of the end, I remember for example Figo, last match, with me and with Inter, and I always remember as one of my saddest moments because I always feel very very sorry when the big ones finish or go to the last period of their careers.
“Zlatan’s goodbye moment was more in that direction, he’s a huge big player that top football, European football is losing now and forever because he will not be back to this level of football but fantastic for him in this period, is a fantastic way not to go from being a player to being a former player, this period with Galaxy, these couple of years will be very good for him and American football.
“What he can do, teach, attract, his personality, passion for football, he’s always had since his recovery was an example of what a pro should be is more the MLS and US as a football country is going to get, what more is Zlatan is going to get, will be just a way for him to enjoy the last couple of years of his football.”
One thing Zlatan does love to do is win trophies, and reportedly left Manchester United after they were knocked out of the Champions League and it became clear he would never win it during his career, which is of course a huge gap in his trophy cabinet, and he will try and now add whatever he can with LA Galaxy – and possibly Sweden if he decides to return for the World Cup.
Mourinho meanwhile is chasing the FA Cup with Manchester United, and needs to make sure his season doesn’t end with a whimper after the loss to Sevilla and the issues with players like Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw to name but two.