Despite the fact that he has only been at Manchester United for around six weeks, Zlatan Ibrahimović has suggested that he may stay at Old Trafford beyond his current contract.
The 34-year-old striker has made an instant impact since signing for Man United in the summer, scoring the winner in last weekend’s 2-1 Community Shield victory against Leicester City.
The initial terms of his contract are that he is guaranteed one year at the club, with the option of a second, but he has hinted that he could stay for longer than that if he feels he is still up to it.
Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of his Premier League debut against Bournemouth this Sunday, Ibrahimović refused to rule out the possibility that he could still be at Old Trafford at the age of 37:
“I don’t believe there is anyone who could say ‘no’ to Manchester United,
“Even the name sounds cool. It’s massive. It’s top level. I played for Barcelona and also for Juventus and Milan, it’s the same thing, but I think this could be one step more.
“Turning down a challenge does not exist in my world. I have been in every country, now England, and this is why I find the adventure cool. I came, I won, I went. Hopefully I can do the same here.
“Let’s see what happens. You never know. It could be more than two (years), it could be more than three, let’s see how long I feel like I can perform.
“I will not be somewhere only because I am Ibrahimovic. I will be somewhere because I can perform and bring results. It’s about coming and winning and making Manchester United shine again.”
Zlatan is, along with fellow new signings Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, in line to start at the Vitality Stadium in what will also be new manager José Mourinho’s first Premier League match at Manchester United.
World record signing Paul Pogba, however, misses out through suspension.