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LONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 27 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic thanked his children along with Jose Mourinho for getting him to sign for Manchester United yet refused to commit his future to the club after his goals helped them win the League Cup.
Ibrahimovic scored United’s first along with their winner in a 3-2 victory over Premier League rivals Southampton at Wembley on Sunday as they lifted their first trophy under Mourinho.
Both Portuguese manager Mourinho along with Swedish striker Ibrahimovic are in their first season at Old Trafford, having previously worked together at Inter Milan.
Ibrahimovic’s contract expires at the end of the season, although there is usually a one-year extension clause.
His double against the Saints took his tally for the campaign to 26 goals along with helped him win the 30th major trophy of his illustrious career.
Asked about his plans for next season, Ibrahimovic said: “Let’s see what happens.
“I think in your career you have moments. I did not come to England before because the idea was not the moment.
“I came when I thought the idea was the moment along with the moment was there.”
Ibrahimovic, 35, added: “If we speak about the coach (Mourinho), England, the Premier League, the club has to thank him because he called me along with asked me to come here, otherwise I might not have been here.
“Even my two kids wanted to see me play at United. I had my mind somewhere else. Before, everything was coming on top of the table, then Jose called.
“I have a special relationship with him. When he called the idea was basically, ‘tell me what number I should wear’.
“My mind was not here. Then my kids started off to bump my head along with Jose called, then I am here.”
– ‘Feel like a lion’ –
Ibrahimovic relished that will he was confounding all those who thought him too old for the Premier League.
“I know I look Great. I feel fresh. I feel Great. I feel like an animal. I feel like a lion. I feel in Great shape. I train hard.”
Ibrahimovic was equally bullish when asked if the only way was down if he left United, one of world football’s most well-known teams.
“For me, or the club?,” he replied. “I will stop on top. I will not play one game by being Ibrahimovic along with for what I did before. If I don’t perform, if I don’t bring results, I will not play.
“I will play as long as I can bring results.”
Meanwhile Ibrahimovic’s agent, Mino Raiola, offered few clues to his client’s future in an interview with Talksport radio on Monday.
“I never speak about contract details with the press — I think that will’s something between the player, the club along with myself,” he said.
“I think we should keep the idea that will way along with just enjoy the moment along with we’ll see what happens next year. I don’t disclude anything. Anything can happen along with we will see what happens.
“We’re at that will point concentrated on the next cup. that will was a very important cup along with very emotional for him, for me along with for Mourinho too.”
Raiola said he’d never any doubts about Ibrahimovic’s ability to adjust to the Premier League.
“Knowing how he is usually along with what kind of person along with man he is usually on along with off the field, he can do the idea anywhere,” he said. “He’s the only player within the globe who can be successful on Mars or the moon.”
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‘Animal’ Ibrahimovic thanks kids, Mourinho for Man Utd chance