Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is reluctant on signing a new contract with the club as he believes that the Devils might miss on the Champions League football for second year running.
Even though Manchester United are on a fine run as they are unbeaten in 16 Premier League games, they still are sitting on the sixth spot on the log and might miss the Champions League participation yet again. And for the same reason, the Daily Mirror believes that Ibrahimovic is stalling his contract talks with the club.
The 35-year-old joined the Old Trafford outfit past summer on a one-year deal which also had an option of extending it further for another 12 months. Jose Mourinho, on his part, has repeatedly stated that he wants the Swedish giant to stay at the club as he is proving to be a great mentor for the youngster, but the team’s miscarriage of progressing above the sixth spot is proving to be a boon for Mourinho’s plans.
Furthermore, he will turn 36 in October and will most probably be entering the final year of his career, hence a Champions League participation will surely be his priority.
Ibrahimovic has been a complete bulldozer this season for the Devils and has defied all odd by scoring 24 goals already. Even though they manage to get a striker in the summer, someone of Ibrahimovic’s stature will be hard to find.
There, yet, is no official confirmation from both the club and the player about the same, but when asked about it, the former Juventus, Inter, Barca and PSG striker replied with his bearing attitude: “Wait and see”.
Besides all of this, Mino Raiola’s comments about his potential departure to Napoli might trouble the Devils as well. The 49-year-old agent, in the past, talked about Ibrahimovic’s love towards the city of Naples and the Napoli officials were spot on to claim that the former Swedish international would be their ‘dream signing’.
With Napoli currently looking a more favourable destination – as they are sitting third in the Serie A log – Manchester United certainly have a thing or two to worry about.
United, right at this very moment, are bracing themselves for one of the biggest showdowns of the season as the EFL Cup final against Southampton awaits at Wembley this Sunday.