Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho remains confident that striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will sign a contract extension.
Ibrahimovic, who scored his 50th goal in 2016 during the 3-1 win over Sunderland on Boxing Day, arrived from Paris-Saint Germain on a free transfer after seeing out his contract with the French club.
The deal to bring the 35-year-old was initially a one-year contract and, if his time at Old Trafford proves to be successful, both club and player have the option of extending his deal into a second season.
Given his impressive form in the Premier League so far, Mourinho believes Ibrahimovic will be a major part of his plans next season.
‘Not yet, but it’s activated in his brain and in my decisions and also in the owners and the board. So no problem,’ Mourinho said when asked if his striker had signed the extension.
‘I’m not really surprised [by his form] because he’s a very intelligent guy, a very proud man. For him to decide to come to Manchester United, the Premier League, the most difficult league in the world for a striker – it’s because he knows he can do it.
‘When we contacted him and he said yes, I was sure he was not coming here to leave the Premier League without proof, to leave failing at Manchester United – no way.
‘So when such a guy decided to come, I was completely clear that he would be ready and he’s ready for more next season. He’ll be here again.’