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The Portuguese man Jose Mourinho, who is currently managing the Premier League giant Manchester United since 2016, says he wants to keep both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney.
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According to sources the former Sweden international Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is currently playing for the Premier League giant Manchester United is keen to secure a new two-year contract with the club after scoring 26 goals in 38 appearances and helping to win United the EFL Cup last weekend.
While, the England international Wayne Rooney's future has been the subject of intense speculation with the Chinese Super League and Everton linked with moves.
But the Portuguese man Jose Mourinho, however, insists that Manchester United would likely take up the option of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's second year, though he was less committal on Rooney's place in his place.
As in a pre match news conference ahead of the weekend game with Bournemouth, the Portuguese man said,
"I see [Ibrahimovic] staying with us, because the initial agreement was to come for us for one year, plus us to have the option for a second,"
"So I see him staying with us after an amazing, successful first season. I think Zlatan will be fundamental in the second year of this team.”
"My feeling is that he is really proud of himself, very proud of his success and his situation, so yes, I see him staying with us."
"So Wayne Rooney to Everton," Mourinho said, referring to this week's reports. "I only can say that in the final with the result 2-2, with the team in difficulties, with the team possibly going to play 40 more minutes, Rooney was ready to go into the pitch.
"So he's not the player that you play in the last minute or give a gift to be in the winning final, it is a player you trust, and you are going to play, probably your crucial change which is the last one.
"He is selected for tomorrow with possibilities to play obviously, start or be on the bench and come in.
"Since the moment he decided to stay and to help the team and to fight for Manchester United, he's an important player for us. And I think by giving you these two details, I'm telling you all the talk about Everton for me makes nonsense."
Asked if his skipper would remain at United next season, Mourinho said, "What I got was a very strong message of 'I don't go anywhere,' especially China because it was the market that was open until the end of February.
"'I don't go anywhere, I want to fight and help this team in everything we are in', so until the end of the season 100 percent he is with us. Next season 100 percent I would like him to be with us, but I don't give you 100 percent.
"I am the kind of manager that likes the players to be happy, not to be with me just because I want them with me."