Zlatan Ibrahimovic has reportedly turned down an incredibly lucrative £13 million a year deal from Manchester United
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s extension beyond this season was mostly never in doubt after his heroics this campaign. However, his long-term ACL injury has dampened the situation. But, The Sun have reported that Manchester United have still sensationally offered a £13 million a year deal to extend his stay at Old Trafford.
As per the report, Jose Mourinho has communicated his decision of extending Zlatan’s contract beyond this year despite his long-term injury, to the Swedish striker. However, the 35-year-old has amazingly rejected the notion of signing the extension while he is injured.
If the news is true, it is a great gesture by Manchester United towards Zlatan while also showing their faith in the Swede’s ability to return to his old self after the injury. However, the 35-year-old seems to be not one to approve of the move.
— B/R Football (@brfootball) April 26, 2017
Zlatan is known to be a very big personality and surely the 35-year-old would not like to sign a contract knowing that he would not be able to play for at least the entirety of the present year.
The report could solidify claims that Zlatan has in fact, decided to call time on his European footballing career and is now eyeing a return in time for Major League Soccer, with clubs like LA Galaxy eyeing a move for the player.
Even Bastian Schweinsteiger has urged Zlatan to recover and subsequently join him in the United States – a move that suits the Swede’s personality as well.
However, his intentions may be effected by Manchester United’s offer, which he has rejected but is unlikely to forget the gesture of faith and good business behind it.
It all depends on Zlatan’s recovery. Mourinho, though, has placed his faith on Zlatan returning in remarkable fashion to the menacing old self after the ACL injury.
“He’s not going to give up and he’s going to fight.”
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 26, 2017
The boss said,“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.”
Manchester United, though, have shown via this gesture that their deals are not just restricted to being strictly business.