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Jose Mourinho confirms Zlatan Ibrahimovic contract will be extended for a second season

  • Jose Mourinho comments on Zlatan Ibrahimovic's contract situation
  • Portuguese claims club will exercise the option of a second year
  • Ibrahimovic may move to MLS in 2018
Powerful striker and all-round headline-grabber Ibra has banked eight goals since joining United. (credit:Football-news.com)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that the club will look to secure Zlatan Ibrahimovic's future for an additional season having acquired the iconic striker on a one year deal during the summer transfer window.


Ibrahimovic transferred to United after coming to the end of his contract at Paris St-Germain, a club he excelled at having returned 156 goals in 180 games in all competitions. 

Since joining United he has struck six times in 11 league games and eight in 17 in all competitions but his experience and winning mentality is a clear asset for youngsters like Marcus Rashford, who are at the beginning of their careers rather than the end. 

Though Ibrahimovic was signed on high wages, his deal expires in June, 2017, but Mourinho told Sky Sports today that his "situation is simple."

The Portuguese said: "He has one [year] plus [another] one. We are happy with him and are going to execute the option of that second season. After that he can do what he wants."

Where Ibrahimovic goes after his stint in England remains to be seen and though he is 35-years-old he remains a fierce competitor. 

Once his deal at United expires in 2018, he will be 36 and a few months shy of 37. The elite-level in Europe may be beyond his declining skill-set by then but he has, in the past, mentioned a determination to "conquer" the MLS in the United States.

He recently told Aftonbladet that the MLS "is a huge option."

He continued: "For the football and everything else. I can see myself conquering the U.S. as I have with Europe. Lots of people stay in one place throughout their career, but I've travelled around like Napoleon, and conquered every new country where I've sat foot. So perhaps I should do what Napoleon didn't and cross the Atlantic and conquer the States as well."

Ibrahimovic has returned to first team duty at United and will likely spearhead the club's attack in the crucial Old Trafford clash against Feyenoord in the Europa League on Thursday.


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Jose Mourinho confirms Zlatan Ibrahimovic contract will be extended for a second season

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that the club will look to secure Zlatan Ibrahimovic's future for an additional season having acquired the iconic striker on a one year deal during the summer transfer window.

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