Wednesday 16 August 2017

Zlatan Ibrahimovic drops heavy hint he will stay at Manchester United for another year

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic

James Ducker

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has given the clearest indication yet publicly that he intends to stay at Manchester United next season.

Telegraph Sport reported last week that Ibrahimovic has said privately that he will trigger an option in his £250,000 a week contract to remain at Old Trafford for another 12 months.

The Swede, 35, has kept United fans guessing with a series of non-committal answers about his future in recent months.

But Ibrahimovic - United's leading goal scorer - now appears to have dropped his guard by admitting he "never leaves a job unfinished", having previously stressed his determination to win the Premier League title with the club.

“I enjoy it," Ibrahimovic, who will complete a three-match ban against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, said of his time at United so far.

"I’m a person when I go into something I put my head 200 per cent, and I do what I’m good at. I go in, I go for the kill and I go out.

"And when I go out there is no complaints, that’s what I do. I never leave a job unfinished.

"I always go in, do my job, and in the way that is a fair play, a fair deal, that is what I do.”

Asked specifically about staying at United, Ibrahimovic confirmed he was in discussions with the club. "Let’s see what happens, we are talking," he told the Manchester Evening News.

“I have an option for another year, I want to do great as long as I’m here, so let us see, there is a lot of time.

"I’m enjoying being at a a fantastic club, without doubts, one of the biggest clubs in the world with a great coach (Jose Mourinho). I know him before (from our time at Inter Milan), he’s a winner, he’s the perfect coach for this club.

"Being a Manchester United player, I don’t know how many people have that possibility but I am a Man United player, people wanted me here, I chose the club, I chose the best English club, that’s the way it works.”

There was more good news for Mourinho with Marcos Rojo, Antonio Valencia and Daley Blind emerging unscathed from their international games with Argentina, Ecuador and Holland respectively on Tuesday evening.

Rojo played a full game at left back in Argentina's 2-0 defeat by Bolivia in the altitude of La Paz in another severe blow to his country's hopes of qualifying for next summer's World Cup finals. United's back up goalkeeper Sergio Romero also played 90 minutes.

Valencia also played a full match in Ecuador's defeat by Colombia in Quito and Blind for 83 minutes of Holland's 2-1 loss against Italy, in which another United full back, Matteo Darmian, started.

Eric Bailly had come through Ivory Coast's match against Senegal in Paris without any issues on Monday before it was abandoned.

With Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, who has been seen sporting a knee brace, both injured on international duty for England, Mourinho will be relieved his other international defenders did not pick up problems ahead of the visit of West Brom.

Telegraph.co.uk

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