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Manchester United: Zlatan rejects move; Rooney contract prevents sale; Mourinho reacts to West Brom win

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to turn down a £120 million contract to play in the Far East in order to stay at Old Trafford only months after opting to move to Manchester rather than earn a big pay day in the Chinese Super League, claim the Daily Mail. The Swede has been in fine form as he adapts to the Premier League and the club has already extended his current deal for another year.

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At 35-years-old, Zlatan may not have too long left at the very highest level but his form so far this campaign would suggest that he can keep going for a little while longer.

Amid reports linking him with a move to Everton, Italian football agent Vincenzo Morabito has sensationally claimed that Wayne Rooney’s current contract forbids him from moving to another English club, as the Liverpool Echo claim he told Radio CRC:

“I know for a fact that Wayne Rooney was offered to Napoli as he can’t go to other English clubs. That could lead him to Spain and Italy. He was, I repeat, offered to Napoli. While the idea is beautiful, in reality it isn’t because you look at his €10m-a-year salary. Rooney certainly doesn’t have a good relationship with Mourinho, and therefore his future is far from United, even on loan, to give them more room.”

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Rooney impressed against West Brom in Premier League action yesterday but his future certainly seems to be away from Old Trafford, with a resolution in the coming months seemingly likely.

After yesterday’s win over West Brom, Jose Mourinho was keen to praise his players’ performance and the importance of the fixture ahead of the Christmas period as he said:

“I think we played even better than against Crystal Palace because against Crystal Palace we had a little period in the second half where we lost the control. Today, no. Today we were in control for 90 minutes which is very, very difficult. The players were phenomenal. Organisation great but physically and mentally very strong so I’m really pleased with the players and the result and with the fact that the fans can have a Christmas with hopes that after Christmas we can get in better positions.”

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It was a convincing display to only further support the view that it may not be too late for the Red Devils to launch a challenge for the top four after all.

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