Zlatan Ibrahimovic will extend his contract only if Man United qualify for the Champions League – report

by Tanveer Arayan

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will remain at Manchester United for an extra year if Jose Mourinho’s men qualify for next season’s Champions League, according to reports.

The Swede, who has netted 20 goals so far this season, arrived at Old Trafford over the summer after signing a one-year deal with Man United.

It was reported earlier this season that United were planning to activate a one-year extension clause on Zlatan’s existing contract.

However, according to The Sun‘s Neil Custis, the 35-year-old will only sign an extension if United – currently two points off fourth spot in the Premier League – qualify for the Champions League.

You can hardly blame Zlatan for placing this condition on his future at Old Trafford. The Swede’s compass of domination simply has to branch out to the biggest of all stages, and he will know that, should summer come without the prospect of Champions League football lying ahead at United, a litany of clubs set to feature in Europe’s biggest competition will be crawling over each-other for his signature.

A top four spot was what United fans demanded of Louis van Gaal back in 2014, and the same applies to Mourinho today. If the 54-year-old fails where the heavily maligned Dutchman succeeded, he simply doesn’t deserve Zlatan’s prowess in front of goal.

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