Jose Mourinho says the deal to formalise Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s one-year contract extension is a formality.
The 35-year-old Swedish striker has been crucial to Manchester United since his free-transfer switch from Paris Saint-Germain, and he grabbed a goal and two assists against Sunderland in the 3-1 win on Boxing Day.
Ibrahimovic signed a one-year deal with United in the summer with the option of another season, and that 12-month extension is all set to be activated in the coming weeks.
“For him to decide to come to a club with the level of expectation of Manchester United and the most difficult league in the world for a striker, it is because he knows that he can do it,” Mourinho said after the Boxing Day win at Old Trafford.
“So when we contacted him and he said, ‘Yes, I want’, I was sure that he was not coming here to leave the Premier League without proving [his worth], leaving the Premier League failing at Manchester United. No way.
“When such a guy decides to come, I was completely clear that he would be ready and he is ready for more next season. He will be here again.”
Asked if the one-year extension had been activated, Mourinho added: “Not yet, but it is activated in his brain and it is activated also in my decisions, the owners and the board’s, so no problem.”