Juan Mata would welcome the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Man Utd this summer

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Manchester United and Spain midfielder Juan Mata has revealed he would like to play alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Old Trafford next campaign.

With Ibrahimovic's contract set to expire at the end of the season, speculation has been rife surrounding the Swedish striker's next career move.

He has remained coy on the matter but recently stated he would jump at the chance to play under former manager - and reported favourite for the United job - Jose Mourinho.


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Speaking to Sky Sports about potentially playing alongside Ibrahimovic, Mata was quick to wax lyrical about the iconic striker's ability.

"He is probably the best in Sweden's history for what he represents," the Spaniard said. "He has played in so many countries and leagues and won trophies everywhere.

"That speaks about his quality as a player and his importance for PSG and in the national team where he is captain."

Despite his undoubted ability and success across Europe, the talismanic 34-year-old is still yet to test himself in the Premier League - widely regarded as the world's toughest league.

However, Mata was quick to dispel any lingering worries over whether or not Ibrahimovic would succeed and insisted he would be welcomed with open arms at the Theatre of Dreams.

"He is a very good player," the 27-year-old continued, "and I like to play with very good players. Every player would be happy to play with him."

Ibrahimovic turns 35 later this year yet his form in front of goal hasn't wavered, scoring 35 goals in 39 appearances for Paris Saint-Germain this season.

The Swede's form for his national side has been equally impressive. During Euro 2016 qualification, Ibrahimovic managed 11 goals in just ten appearances, coming second only to Robert Lewandowski in the goalscoring charts.

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