Jose Mourinho will offer Zlatan Ibrahimovic a coaching role at Manchester United when he retires as part of the new deal set to be agreed in January once he returns from injury, according to reports.
The big Swede, who claimed 28 goals last season, was officially released by the club after sustaining a long term knee injury against Anderlecht in April.
Mourinho confirmed last week, however, that talks with the 35-year-old were underway over a short term deal once he returns to action in January.
And according to the Independent‘s Miguel Delaney, the Portuguese has also included the possibility of Zlatan taking up a coaching role, acting as a bridge between players and manager, in talks over the new deal.
Managers can often become estranged from their players over time and using Zlatan as a way of maintaining a symbiotic relationship between both parties is a superb solution.
The Swede specifically has two strings to his bow that render him perfect for the role in question: complete respect and admiration from the rest of the squad and, of course, a serial winning mentality crucial to challenging for major honours.
With Zlatan leading the line last term, the United squad notably shifted away from the neurosis under Louis van Gaal, developing an unmistakable air of cold determination in the pursuit of victory that culminated in European glory in May.
And Mourinho, alongside anybody else involved in this decision making process, shouldn’t think twice about keeping such an influence around the first team for as long as possible.