Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United are back in action this weekend as they welcome Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth side to Old Trafford this weekend.
The manager, who is fresh from lifting the League Cup last weekend, was in a pleasant mood for a change in the press conference before the game at the weekend.
The Red Devils have been consistent this season and are still active in three different competitions but the manager will be worried about the futures of star players at the club.
One such player, who is yet to confirm his stay at the club in the long term is Swedish international Zlatan Ibrahimovic. With 26 goals to his name in all competitions this season already, Zlatan, is one of the most effective players in the league this season but at 35, he could be in the final few years of his career.
He joined the club on a free, on a 1-year contract. But that contract also includes an option to extend his deal for another year and Jose Mourinho has today revealed that Manchester United are looking to use this option to tie him to the club.
Speaking to the media ahead of the game at the weekend, Mourinho said, “I see him staying with us, because the initial agreement was to come for us for one year, plus us to have the option for a second,”
“So I see him staying with us after an amazing, successful first season. I think Zlatan will be fundamental in the second year of this team,” he added.
Mourinho also opened up about the situation of the skipper of the side at the moment.
Wayne Rooney has been extensively linked with a move back to Everton with Mourinho unable to give him enough game time, but speaking to the media today, he revealed that he is an important part of the squad at the club at the moment.
“Since the moment he decided to stay and to help the team and to fight for Manchester United, he’s an important player for us. And I think by giving you these two details, I’m telling you all the talk about Everton for me makes nonsense,” Mourinho said.
He also went on to reveal that he would want him to stay for another year but that it was important for Rooney to be satisfied with his role at the club.
“‘I don’t go anywhere, I want to fight and help this team in everything we are in’, so until the end of the season 100 per cent he is with us,” he said.
“Next season 100 per cent I would like him to be with us, but I don’t give you 100 per cent. I am the kind of manager that likes the players to be happy, not to be with me just because I want them with me,” he added.