Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has reportedly turned down a £13million offer from the club to pay him while he is injured.
Jose Mourinho is believed to have told the 35-year-old that he wants to trigger the extra year of his contract despite the devastating knee injury he suffered in the Europa League against Anderlecht.
However, Zlatan does not feel that would be right while he is unable to play, according to a report in The Sun.
The Swede’s decision means that he could well have called time on his Old Trafford career, with his anterior cruciate knee injury expected to keep him out until next year.
Zlatan, who has 28 goals in all competitions this season, signed a one-year deal worth £250,000-a-week last summer but there was the option of a further year if both sides agreed to the deal.
Mourinho was desperate for Zlatan to stay, backing the veteran hitman to bounce back from his latest setback: “The future is a big surgery, a long period of recovery. But the future is also about a very strong guy, mentally very, very strong, who wrote immediately on his social media he will stop when he wants, not when people think.
“It looks to me that he is not going to give up, he is going to fight and I’m pleased. He has fought all his life — since he was born. I don’t see a reason for him not to fight now.”
However, it would seem that Zlatan will part company with the club and continue his lengthy rehabilitation elsewhere.