He will always be Zlatan - Pogba backs Ibrahimovic to return strongly

Posted June 09, 2017

Manchester United are not likely to provide Zlatan Ibrahimovic a contract expansion, according to Sky sources. Ibrahimovic has an option in his contract to extend his stay another 12 months but it is believed United will opt out of that option.

Ibrahimovic was understood to be in United's plans for 2017-18 until his season-ending injury.

Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals, including a victor in the EFL Cup final against Southampton, before suffering a knee injury during United's Europa League quarter-final against Anderlecht.

Pogba has paid tribute to the 35-year-old both as a player and as a person in the dressing room.

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Zlatan scored 28 goals in 46 matches across all competitions in his single season at Old Trafford.

The striker has been out injured since picking up a cruciate injury toward the end of the season and undergoing surgery in May.

United have remained quiet about Ibrahimovic's future since the end of the campaign, so his name will be one of first to look out for when the Premier League announces its clubs' retained and released list.

United are confident of finishing an offer for Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata, while the Spain demonstrator's club team-mate Raphael Varane is among their protective targets. It will be interesting to see who is playing in the number 9 role for Manchester United next season.