Zlatan Ibrahimovic is keen to extend his stay at Manchester United until 2019, according to reports.
The Swede has been in sensational form since making his big move to England, and he has already scored 26 goals and bagged 5 assists in all competitions for the Red Devils so far. And due to the 35-year-old scoring goals left, right, and center, Jose Mourinho is keen to keep him at the Old Trafford outfit for as long as possible.
Zlatan’s contract with the club expires at the end of this season, but many, including Mourinho, expect the striker to trigger the 12-month extension clause in his current deal to extend his stay in the Premier League for another year.
“We all want and believe that he is going to stay with us one more season,” the Manchester United boss stated following his side’s EFL Cup final victory over Southampton.
“He won the game (the final) for us because he was outstanding. I was his manager (at Inter). I know the potential. Only a silly player comes to England when he is 35 and with the successful career that Zlatan has.
“Only a silly player comes here if he doesn’t feel that he can do it. The most important feeling is his feeling. I don’t bring him here if he doesn’t want to come, if he’s not ready. Everything is from him, nothing from me.”
However, as per the latest reports from The Daily Mail, Mourinho wants his star striker to go one step further than he claimed last Sunday, and further prolong his stay in Manchester.
Furthermore, the same report adds that with Ibrahimovic, who remained coy over his future during his post-match interview at Wembley, is actually enjoying his life under the Portuguese at the moment, and he could very much end up signing a new deal until 2019, which would see him remain a Manchester United player until the age of 37.
Zlatan simply can’t stop scoring at the moment, and if he does end up extending his United contract by 2 more years, the club, his teammates, as well as the young players, will largely benefit from his goals, his experience, and his sheer winning mentality.