Zlatan Ibrahimovic‘s agent, Mino Raiola, has confirmed the Swede will remain at Manchester United for another year.
The 35-year-old arrived at the club back in July on a free, signing on a one-year deal. He has gone on to net 16 goals in 25 appearances.
It was rumoured following Man United’s 3-1 win over Swansea – a game that saw Zlatan net a brace – that the club would activate a clause on the Swede’s contract that allows him to remain for another year.
Raiola, speaking earlier this week, conformed that the striker would spend another year at Old Trafford.
“There is a big chance that there will be a second year, yes,” he said.
“We already included that in the contract so it’s not new for us. It’s more a question of time, rather than when or if. He choose not to take it [Chinese money] to come to England. The boy is not done yet.
“He still has the fire, he wants to win, to perform. If it was only money, he would not be with Manchester United. His ultimate goal is to win the Premier League. It’s the only league he’s played in that he’s yet to win.”
You’d think that starting 24 games out of 27 would have an adverse effect on a 35-year-old striker. The Premier League, after all, is renowned for its inherently sapping nature. But with ten goals in his last nine games, Zlatan has once again proven that he is unlike any other striker in world football. It was initially thought that the Premier League would be too much for the 35-year-old, but the reverse is proving to be true.
Another season, therefore, is a blessing for Jose Mourinho. United fans will expect a fully-integrated, dynamic starting XI capable of steamrolling their way to the title, and Zlatan serves as the ideal candidate to lead the line.