Thierry Henry has urged Manchester United to hand Zlatan Ibrahimovic a new deal – but admits the club has a tricky decision to make.
The Swede has enjoying a brilliant season with United, having plundered 28 goals in all competitions, before a serious knee injury ended his campaign early and also potentially threatens the 35-year-old’s entire career in the game.
With the player’s contract up at the end of the season, Henry admits United have a hard decision to make over whether to extend the player’s one-year deal – especially given the Premier League record wages the Swede is said to be earning.
“That’s a tricky one because it seems like no one can really answer that from the club,” the Arsenal legend said on Sky Sports when asked if Ibrahimovic should automatically have his contract renewed.
“He had an amazing season. I thought he was going to be the top goalscorer but then he got injured.
“Anyway it would have been very difficult to beat (Harry) Kane.
“He had some big goals, big moments, I didn’t expect less. Unfortunately he got injured, that doesn’t help to sign a new contract and to see if he’s going to be there for a long time.
“He’s more at the end of his career than the beginning but Mourinho is going to have to deal with that and the board too.
“As a fan of the man, not only the player, I would like him to stay for one more year.
“You will have to respect his decision and the club’s decision.”