Mourinho: Zlatan extension ‘activated in his brain’

Date published: Tuesday 27th December 2016 10:00

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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.

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“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.”

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