By Will Butcher
Manchester United are set to extend Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract until the summer of 2018, it was confirmed on Wednesday.
Manager Jose Mourinho revealed that the Swedish striker has a clause in his contract that allows him to stay at Old Trafford for another year.
Sky Sports News HQ quoted the United boss on their official Twitter account as saying that the Premier League giants will “take up an option” to extend Ibrahimovic’s contract for a second season.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) November 23, 2016
The 35-year-old has scored an impressive eight goals in 17 league and cup appearances for United since joining on a one-year contract in the summer.
Known for his touch, technique and ability to deliver in big matches, Ibrahimovic has found the net against the likes of Manchester City, Southampton and Premier League champions Leicester.
Ibrahimovic’s aim is to maintain his formidable record of winning 13 goals in his last 15 season, including four in four campaigns at Paris Saint-Germain.
The retired Sweden international is expected to feature for Mourinho’s side against Feyenoord in the Europa League on Thursday, before returning from suspension to face West Ham in the Premier League on Sunday.
Football Insider verdict:
An extended contract for the ageing Ibrahimovic is a risky move for United as the striker enters the second half of his thirties. With the former AC Milan, Barcelona and Juventus striker reportedly earning £260,000 a week, fans will be hoping that he is still worth the huge salary in his second season at Old Trafford, when his legs will most likely move even less freely than they do now. The move also sends out the wrong message to England wonderkid Marcus Rashford, who is looking for a starting place as United’s attacking spearhead but could now be forced to play second fiddle to the 10-time winner of the Swedish Footballer of the Year award. It also almost certainly ends Wayne Rooney’s hopes of reclaiming his position as United’s centre-forward.
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