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Jose Mourinho opens up on Zlatan Ibrahimovic's future at Old Trafford

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Ibrahimovic scored the second in United's 3-0 win away to Leicester last Sunday
Ibrahimovic scored the second in United's 3-0 win away to Leicester last Sunday

The Manchester United boss is convinced that the Swedish superstar will stay at the club for the 2017/18 season.

Speaking at his press conference this afternoon, Mourinho stated his belief that Ibrahimovic will remain in Manchester for another season following the close of the 2016/17 campaign.

In November, the Portuguese revealed that the club would exercise its option to extend the initial one-year deal signed by the 35-year-old.

"We are going to execute the option of a second season. After that he can do what he wants."

Mourinho told reporters today that the Swede remains a key component of United's plans going forward:

"I don't think his contract will be signed, but I'm totally convinced he is going to stay," said the United boss of Ibrahimovic.

"He came with the intention to stay two years but in the minds of everyone the first year is going better than every expectation, he knows we are going to try again to improve next season and try to share with him in a fantastic way, probably the last year of his career at the highest level.

"So I'm convinced that he's staying, he's adapted to the club, to the situation, I don't see any problem with his family."

Mourinho further revealed that the Sweden legend recently turned down an offer of a day off to return to his homeland:

"I gave him the possibility of an extra day off to go to Sweden, he doesn't want it, so I'm totally convinced he is going to stay."

The United manager further echoed Ed Woodward's sentiments on the club's summer transfer plans during his conference, while ruling Phil Jones out of contention for the Red Devils' home tie against Watford at 3.00pm tomorrow.