Zlatan: Contract delay not down to Champions League

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists his future does not hinge on the club qualifying for the UEFA Champions League.

The Swedish star, who has scored 26 goals for United already this season, won his first trophy for the club on Sunday after his brace helped them beat Southampton 3-2 in the EFL Cup final at Wembley.

Ibrahimovic is in the final six months of his one-year contract at Old Trafford, although there is an option to extend for another season.

Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho recently expressed his confidence that the 35-year-old will remain a part of his squad for the 2017/18 campaign, and Ibrahimovic claims there is no Champions League caveat.

"No, it's not about that [Champions League]," he told reporters after the final. "I came here and the club wasn't in the Champions League, so it had nothing to do with the Champions League.

"So somebody made up a story that if they don't qualify for the Champions League I will not extend. It has nothing to do with that.

"Let's see what happens. I mean the moment, how I feel, the situation, we have another two months of the season to go, because according to many I could not do what I've been doing.

"I am still doing what I have been doing every year, but some people won't accept it or admit it because I don't do it in their home ground.

"I have come to their home ground and now I am doing exactly the same thing what I have been doing all the years."


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