Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has turned down a massive £13m-a-year contract to stay at Old Trafford for next season, according to reports from The Sun.
The 35-year old Swedish legend has been the main player for Manchester United until last weekend as he suffered a horrific knee injury which will see him out of action for a considerable amount of time.
Zlatan could be sidelined up to a year and he is not keen to sign a new deal despite the club have offered him a new contract after his knee injury. The Swede is not interested in the offer as he believes that he does not deserve money to be paid when he was out injured and have nothing to contribute the side while he was recovering.
Zlatan has been in sensational form since moving to Manchester United as he managed to score an astonishing 28 goals for the club across all the competitions. However, after suffering the injury while playing against Anderlecht at Old Trafford, he is set for the biggest setback in his illustrious career.
Manchester United was reportedly keen to offer an extended contract to ensure that they pay the player who has shown loyalty to the club, but the extraordinary striker has rejected it which shows his character for the game and as a person. Jose Mourinho who is a huge admirer of Zlatan was the man behind the board to extend his contract.
Speaking on Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Jose Mourinho said: “The future is a big surgery, a long period of recovery. But the future is also about a very strong guy, mentally very, very strong, who wrote immediately on his social media he will stop when he wants, not when people think.
“It looks to me that he is not going to give up, he is going to fight and I’m pleased. He has fought all his life — since he was born. I don’t see a reason for him not to fight now.”