Zlatan Ibrahimovic: 'I'm not here to waste time so Manchester United must match my ambition'
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has told Manchester United he is not at the club to “waste time” and that they must think big and show they are prepared to match his ambition if he is to remain at Old Trafford next season.
The Swede is in talks about taking up an option to extend his contract for another 12 months, although the 35-year-old has an offer to move to the Major League Soccer with LA Galaxy and has also been linked with Napoli in Italy.
And in the most candid admission yet about his future, Ibrahimovic has thrown down the gauntlet to United by insisting he is unwilling to tread water for the final few seasons of his glittering playing career.
United want to sign Atletico Madrid and France striker, Antoine Griezmann, this summer and Ibrahimovic left the club under no illusions that he expects them to make a statement in the transfer market.
“I’m 35,” Ibrahimovic said. "A lot of things have to be settled. It’s not like I’m 20 and I have another five or 10 years. Probably I have one, two, three years so everything depends on what you want and what the club wants, what the vision of the club is because I said from day one I didn’t come here to waste time, I came here to win. If you want to win bigger then you have to create bigger.
“Listen, if I had something to say I would already have said it. We are talking. Whether we were far from each other or close to each other, there is no news. There are still talks and let’s see what will happen. I am open. Nothing is done yet. I came here without the Champions League. I came here with the team as it was. It was not a team that was favourite to win. I still came. I came to help. I came to do what I am able to do. To make it better. To bring the team to higher views so let’s see what happens.”
United are fifth in the table and trailed leaders Chelsea by 16 points going into tonight’s game against Everton but Ibrahimovic insisted the league table did not lie.
“We are doing everything to create chances and to take our chances,” he said. “The table of the competition is not lying. The team is what it is and we have done I think a great season and we have won two out of five trophies and have two more to play for. If we got those points we would be higher but I think we have done great we have done good for the team that is and then the table is not lying. If we would be higher the team would be better, yes, but it is what it is.
“We have to be realistic. We have been working hard. There are still two months to go. A lot of things can happen. Of course we want to get the win. The nice thing is that we have not been losing for a lot of games, so it is what it is and if we would have been a team for no.1 spot, we would be No.1 today.”