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Manchester United extend Zlatan's contract

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Manchester United are to take up the option to extend Zlatan Ibrahimovic's contract for a second season, manager Jose Mourinho has announced.

The 35-year-old Swedish forward moved to Old Trafford on a free transfer in the summer after leaving Paris St Germain, and has scored eight goals in all competitions so far for the Premier League club.

United posted on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon:

Only yesterday, the striker was hinting at life after Old Trafford, possibly in the US.

Asked in Sweden about a possible move to the MLS, Ibra said: 

"It's a huge option for me. For the football and everything else.

"I can see myself conquering the US 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."

After signing a one-year contract with United last summer that included an option for a second season, there have been doubts over whether that extension would be taken up, but Mourinho confirmed he would keep his No.9 for another year at least.

“Zlatan’s situation is simple. He has one year plus another year at the club,” said the United boss.

“We are happy with him. We are going to execute the option of a second season.”

Ibrahimovic then hit back in typically charismatic fashion, as he responded to a question from a reporter who asked why he wasn’t shining at United as he has done in his previous clubs.

“I shine 24 hours a day,” declared Ibrahimovic with a beaming smile “It depends how you want me to shine. I’ve been in the game for 20 years, I’m getting older.

“I think I had a couple of unlucky games, some moments not focusing like I should.

“I have more than 450 goals in my career, so I’m not worried, I am creating the chances. The goals will come.

“You don’t shine because you don’t score, but I don’t see myself as just a goalscorer, I prefer to play well and help the team win.”

Ibrahimovic went on to back-up Mourinho’s claim that United have been unlucky after a run of frustrating results, as he suggested the wins will flow soon.

“We have a couple of games when we have been dominating totally and we don’t get the result we deserve,” he added. “If you call that bad luck, yes we have been unlucky.

“Last game (1-1 draw against Arsenal) same thing. Controlling the game, in the last minute you get a cross, goal. All teams fight until the last minute, but we have to do more. We will do more. We have to get the winning streak and then we will feel more comfortable in the situation.”