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Zlatan Ibrahimovic hints at a surprise twist in his future plans

Ibrahimovic slow in committing his future to United
Ibrahimovic slow in committing his future to United

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has offered a hint that he may be considering retirement, as he continues to stall on signing a contract extension at Manchester United.

Ibrahimovic has been offered a chance to extend his stay at Old Trafford, with manager Jose Mourinho encouraging the 35-year-old Swede to commit his future to the club for one more season.

Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy have also offered Ibrahimovic a contract that would run for two years, with that extended deal reported to be one of the primary reasons why he is considering a move to fill the void left by Robbie Keane at the Californian club.

Yet it seems as if remaining at the top of the game until he hangs up his boots is a priority for Ibrahimvoic, as he confirmed in an interview with Fox Sports Italia.

“I could have moved to China and play without too many problems but I accepted this challenge. I’m training every day, I like working hard,” he stated.

“I signed a one-year deal with option for another one but I haven’t got much time left. I still want to have fun and I still want to make the difference. I don’t know what will happen, let’s see.

“I don’t want to retire when I’ll be struggling. I want to retire when I’m still at the top. I’m happy now but I don’t know what could happen in the future.”

Ibrahimovic has scored 26 goals in his debut season at United, with the delay in his decision to sign a new deal fuelling the belief that his stay in Manchester will be brief.

United are expected to make fresh moves to sign two strikers this summer, with Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann persistently linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent months.