After scoring his 26th goal in all competitions as Manchester United defeated Southampton to win the EFL Cup on Sunday, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has cast further doubt over his future at the club.
The 35-year-old has enjoyed prolific spells in Holland, Italy, Spain and France, and despite his age looks set to break the 30- goal mark before his first season in England is out.
However, quotes from the former Swedish international that appeared in The Mirror suggest that this could be his final act as a United player.
The 6’5 powerhouse has an extension option within his contract but may decide against exercising it should United fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League and his recent words have done little to suggest that his mind is made up on remaining at Old Trafford beyond this season.
“Let’s see what happens,” said Ibrahimovic. “I mean the moment, how I feel, the situation. We have another two months of the season to go.
“My two kids wanted to see me play at United. But I had my mind somewhere else.
“My mind wasn’t here. Then my kids started to bump my head and Jose called, so I’m here.
“The kids are satisfied with what I’m doing. But this time I’m the boss, not them.
“I think we should keep it that way and just enjoy the moment and we’ll see what happens next season”
The player’s agent Mino Raiola has also suggested that United will be kept waiting until the end of the season. As he is United’s top scorer, Mourinho will hope to retain Ibrahimovic’s services, especially given United’s lack of attacking depth.
However, should United qualify for the Champions League, it could sway the Swede and keep him at the club for another season.
Nick Menezes, Pundit Arena