Zlatan Ibrahimovic is yet to commit his future to the club as he ponders about his next move. Zlatan was questioned after United’s 2-0 win over Watford, and the striker responded to questions about his future by saying “Nothing is done”.
He also remained quiet on the details of his contract and jokingly evaded the question.
Zlatan said “Nothing is done” when asked about his contract extension with the club (ESPN). When asked to go into the details of his contract and whether there was a clause which said he has to score goals, he added:
“Something like that. I have to score 100 goals! The option is already fulfilled. But there’s nothing done yet. From my side? We’ll wait and see. Let’s see what happens.”
While Zlatan is playing the waiting game, United boss Jose Mourinho is convinced that Zlatan will activate the one-year extension in his contract and play next season at Old Trafford.
“I’m totally convinced he is going to stay,” Mourinho was quoted by The Times
“He came with the intention to stay two years, but in the minds of everyone the first year is going better than every expectation.”
“He knows we are going to try again to improve next season and try to share with him, in a fantastic way, probably the last year of his career at the highest level.
“So I’m totally convinced that he’s staying.”
The Portuguese sounded confident about his Swedish striker and it looks like United want Zlatan Ibrahimovic to stay with them next season as well. But Ibra, on the other hand, has responded in a typical manner to the press about his future, with his usual wordplay.
Ibrahimovic has surpassed expectations and has defied the odds by scoring 20 goals and providing 7 assists so far this campaign. It was widely thought that Ibra was too old for the English league and his performance so far for United is sure to silence his critics.
As we know, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a fighter and a player with a tough mentality. He is one of those charismatic characters in the world of football. At the age of 35, it does look like he might not move further in his career, but Zlatan revealed last season while at PSG that he would love to finish his career at Malmo FF, his boyhood club.
It is possible that playing in Sweden before retirement is still running at the back of his mind.
Is this why you are playing with the press every time when you are asked about your future, Zlatan?