Ibrahimovic has been connected with a move to the MLS to become the LA Galaxy's latest expensive worldwide addition, but Mourinho has been outspoken about making the United's top scorer stay at Old Trafford next season. The top four (and Champions League qualification) is still very much in their sights but Chelsea boss Antonio Conte knows that only a win will do to keep title challengers Tottenham fully at bay.
"I had a really good chat with him after those sort of words came out and I totally agree with him".
"No, no, I don't like", Conte said.
However, Manchester United are within touching distance of both Manchester City and Liverpool, with Arsenal falling away behind them. There is a game of football.
"I have an option for another year, I want to do great as long as I'm here, so let us see, there is a lot of time. It's normal to be at conflict during the game, but only a sporting conflict". "Many coaches try to manipulate the ideas and try to put your thoughts in the way they want".
Mourinho has hinted he may need to prioritise success in the Europa League over the Premier League but his Chelsea counterpart expects United to do their utmost to try to beat his team at Old Trafford on Sunday. Every other player has either dipped in form, suffered an injury, displayed only flashes of brilliance or just suddenly disappeared from the side.
Jose Mourinho is among those to have suggested that this is a key factor behind Chelsea's current standing at the top, where they sit seven points clear, but Conte was quick to dismiss this "mistaken theory" ahead of his side's trip to take on Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.
"I hope we'll be luckier with referees", Mourinho said.
United, meanwhile, have gone on a 21-match unbeaten Premier League run since October's Stamford Bridge humbling, but a failure to take three points from games they have dominated leaves them fifth.
The 54-year-old has singled individual players out a few times this season, not least after United were held at home by West Brom on Fool's Day.