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Manchester United: New Zlatan deal; club react to Messi rumours; Mourinho outlines future plans

Manchester United: New Zlatan deal; club react to Messi rumours; Mourinho outlines future plans

The club have confirmed that they will take up an option to extend the contract of Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic beyond the end of this season, taking it to the summer of 2018. The former Inter Milan and Barcelona forward has come in for criticism of late but is known to be a key part of Jose Mourinho’s plans.

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Whilst not a long term solution, Ibrahimovic has scored eight goals in his first 17 appearances for the Red Devils and seems to have done enough to extend his stay in Manchester by another year.

After recent rumours have linked United with a move for Barcelona star Lionel Messi, Jose Mourinho has dismissed the speculation, saying:

“Lionel Messi is every season the same story, that he’s going to leave. Honestly, I hope he never leaves. I think he belongs to Barca and Barca belong to him. I think it would be beautiful for him to start and finish his career at Barcelona. I think he will stay but that’s just a personal opinion.”

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The four time Balon D’Or winner scored for the Catalans against Celtic last night in Champions League action, but it seems that the idea of signing him will remain a dream for the Old Trafford outfit and their fans.

Mourinho also revealed his long term plans for the club, as he revealed that he hopes to stay at the club beyond his current three year contract, as he said:

“Let’s go step by step. I am in the beginning of my contract, in the beginning of the process. If you ask me if I want to stay longer than three years then I say yes, I would love it, but also I have to earn and deserve that.”

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Many United fans remain unconvinced by the Portuguese boss, but he will be hoping to secure a vital Europa League win if they are to remain in the competition after tonight’s match against Feynerood.

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