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Jose Mourinho: This is why new signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not in China


Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says Zlatan Ibrahimovic's fitness level is the reason why the striker didn't travel to China.

The Red Devils will face Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and Galatasaray in their Tour 2016 pre-season tournament.

And the Portuguese says he is not concerned by the absence of the former Sweden international.

"The best suits are the suits by measure," Mourinho told reporters in Shanghai.

"Suits made by measure should be better than going to a shop and just buying a size that may fit you well or not so well. I do the same for players. There are no two players the same.

"My decision on Zlatan is the consequence of many hours of study, analysis and discussion with my staff.

"Despite the fact he was out of the Euros one match before the English guys, everything is different. The body is different, the mind is different and the timing to have holidays and even things you don't know, and don't have to know, is to prepare in a different way like we do at training level.

"We try to do suits by measure that are perfect for the person and the way I'm building the team is more important for me with the players from other positions than the one I think who is going to play as the striker.

"I need to change the profile of the team in relation to other dynamics. The striker will be the easy one to finish the puzzle."

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