Manchester United confident of Ibrahimovic signing for another year
Manchester United are confident that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be at Old Trafford next season even though the Swedish star and his agent are refusing to give any assurances over his future.
Ibrahimovic has been a revelation since he arrived on a free transfer last summer and took his total to 26 goals when he scored twice at Wembley on Sunday to hand Jose Mourinho’s side victory over Southampton in the EFL Cup final.
United want to activate the 12-month option on Ibrahimovic’s £260,000-a-week contract and are understood to be relaxed about the fact that he appears in no hurry to extend his stay at Old Trafford.
The club are optimistic that the two sides will reach an agreement, and sources close to the 35-year-old veteran striker have revealed that he has turned down offers from China worth £1million-a-week to stay at a more competitive level in the Premier League.
Ibrahimovic and his teammates have been given two days off after their EFL Cup win. But as he left Wembley on Sunday, the striker insisted that he has no desire to play in another country or for another manager, and rejected suggestions that he wants a guarantee of Champions League football before he commits to United again.
‘No, it’s not about that,’ he said. ‘I came here and the club wasn’t in the Champions League. So it had nothing to do with the Champions League.
‘Let’s see what happens. I mean the moment, how I feel, the situation, we have another two months of the season to go, because according to many I could not do what I’ve been doing.’
Ibrahimovic has become indispensable to Mourinho and the manager urged United fans to camp outside the player’s house to persuade him to sign on for another year.
But Ibrahimovic’s agent Mino Raiola was also coy about his future, and said that he is concentrating on adding the FA Cup and Europa League to Sunday’s success.
‘That’s something between the player, the club and myself,’ Raiola told talkSPORT on Monday.
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