Zlatan Ibrahimovic might be just a game into his debut Premier League season with Manchester United, but Jose Mourinho has already predicted he could earn himself a contract extension.
The Red Devils superstar signed a one-year deal this summer after being released by Paris Saint-Germain and has made an electrifying start to life at Old Trafford, scoring the winner in the Community Shield and netting once again in the 3-1 win over Bournemouth.
Ibra will no longer have the distraction of international football to contend with, having retired from the Sweden team, so that should allow him to focus fully on winning silverware with United.
And Mourinho has revealed that the striker’s brilliant start to his time in Manchester may be a reflection of how well things are going for him off the pitch.
Speaking to the assembled press ahead of United’s first home game against Southampton, the manager said:
“I ask about his family, his wife, his kids – I know how important these things are to him – integration, house and everything is fine and everybody is happy.”
“He has a very high motivation, so I see him here, no doubts, for the next two years.”
That should be good news for everyone at United, with the possible exception of Marcus Rashford, whose development many fans fear could be stunted by Ibra taking centre stage.
Yet, so far, the former Ajax, Inter, and Barca star has proven a father figure to United’s youngsters, so there is no reason why he can’t cement his place in the side for another season.