Jose Mourinho has revealed Manchester United will take up the option to extend Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s stay with the club for another year.
The Sweden international joined the Reds in the summer when his contract at Paris Saint Germain expired, having agreed a one-year deal with the option of another. Earlier this week the 35-year-old hinted that he may move to the Major League Soccer before hanging up his boots, but it appears as though the United States may have to wait for his arrival.
Speaking ahead of the UEFA Europa League clash with Feyenoord at Old Trafford on Thursday night – a game they can ill-afford to lose – United boss Mourinho said: “Zlatan’s situation is simple. He has one plus one. We are happy with him. We are going to execute the option of a second season. After that he can do what he wants.”
Ibrahimovic has scored eight goals in 17 appearances in all competitions this season, although there have been times when he has struggled to find his best form. And although he is likely to relish the prospect of another season in the Premier League, he admits he will only agree to a second campaign with United if he feels he can still perform.
“I have a contract that says one plus one so I feel good, I feel fresh, I feel in shape and physically if I feel like now, probably it will be a second year,” he said. “I want to be realistic with myself and if I’m here I want to be able to perform like I can do and not waste time. But like it is now, probably yes, but I need discussions we haven’t had.”