Manchester United’s top goal scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Jose Mourinho is convinced Zlatan Ibrahimovic will still be at Old Trafford next season — a campaign the Manchester United manager believes could be the striker’s last at the “highest level.”
Ibrahimovic 35, has proven the doubters wrong since arriving in the summer, with last weekend’s strike against Leicester City seeing him become the first United player since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement to reach 20 goals in a season.
He has plenty of time to extend that record given United are still fighting on four fronts and it appears a matter of when rather than if the one-year option in his contract is triggered to extend his deal beyond the summer.
“I’m totally convinced that he is going to stay,” Mourinho said. “He came with the intention of staying two years.
“The first year is going — probably not in his mind because he is a very ambitious guy — better than every expectation.
“He knows that we are going to try again to improve next season and try to share with him in a fantastic way probably the last year of his career at the highest level, so I’m convinced that he’s staying.
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“He’s likewise adjusted to the club, he’s adjusted to the circumstance. I don’t perceive any issue with his family.
“I give him the likelihood of an additional free day to go some place, to go Sweden — he doesn’t need, he never goes. Everything is steady with him, so I’m completely persuaded that he will remain.”