Zlatan Ibrahimovic has told Manchester United they must match his ambition if he is to sign up for a second season.
United’s 26-goal top scorer returned against Everton on Tuesday after serving a three-match ban, with his future still unresolved.
Talks are ongoing between United and Ibrahimovic’s agent Mino Raiola, but no agreement has been reached on a contract extension.
And, as Mirror Sport first reported last month, the 35-year-old forward warned United they must prove to him they are serious about competing for the big titles if he is to stay.
“Listen, if I had something to say I would already have said it,” said Ibrahimovic. “We are talking. Whether we were far from each other or close to each other, there is no news.
“There are still talks and let’s see what will happen. I am open. Nothing is done yet. I came here without the Champions League. I came here with the team as it was. It was not a team that was favourite to win. I still came.
“I came to help. I came to do what I am able to do. To make it better. To bring the team to higher views so let’s see what happens. I’m 35. A lot of things have to be settled. It’s not like I’m 20 and I have another five or 10 years.
Ibrahimovic, speaking to MUTV, said United must show they have the vision to match his own this summer, with time running out for the Swede to add to his illustrious CV.
“Probably I have one, two, three years, so everything depends on what you want and what the club wants, what the vision of the club is, because I said from day one I didn’t come here to waste time, I came here to win,” said Ibrahimovic. “If you want to win bigger then you have to create bigger.”
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On United’s inconsistent form, particularly at Old Trafford, Ibrahimovic said: “We are doing everything to create chances and to take our chances
The table of the competition is not lying.
“The team is what it is and we have done I think a great season and we have won two out of five trophies and have two more to play for.
“If we got those points we would be higher but I think we have done great we have done good for the team that is and then the table is not lying.
“If we would be higher the team would be better, yes, but it is what it is. We have to be realistic. We have been working hard. There are still two months to go. A lot of things can happen.
“Of course we want to get the win. The nice thing is that we have not been losing for a lot of games, so it is what it is and if we would have been a team for no.1 spot, we would be No.1 today.”