Ibrahimovic could play until he's 37..

Zlatan Ibrahimovic could stay at Manchester United for 'over three year'

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic may be two months away from his 35th birthday but the charismatic striker certainly has no plans to hang up his boots anytime soon. The Swede bagged a rather incredible 50 goals for Paris Saint-Germain last season and started a new adventure by joining Manchester United, the first Premier League club of his career.

Although he clearly still has the legs to play for a top club, the Red Devils were not too keen on handing him a deal any longer than a single season. They retain the option the extend his terms by a further 12 months but that will obviously depend on how he adapts to English football.

Many have flourished on the continent only to struggle with the physicality of the Premier League, but that should not be a problem for Ibrahimovic, a 6ft 5in powerhouse with a black belt in taekwondo.

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As such, the former AC, Inter, Barcelona and Ajax star is confident he will be able to impress Jose Mourinho enough to stay at Old Trafford for as long as he wishes.

He told Sky Sports: "Let's see what happens. You never know. It could be more than two, it could be more than three, let's see how long I feel like I can perform. I will not be somewhere only because I am Ibrahimovic. I will be somewhere because I can perform and bring results."

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Risky business

Ibrahimovic retired from international football this summer and could have easily bowed out of the domestic game with his head held high after arguably the best season of his career. Moving to Manchester United appears to be a huge challenge and there is a strong possibility that his legacy will be damaged if he fails.

Naturally, Ibrahimovic doesn't think there was any risk involved with the move.

He continued: "The only risk is if I don't win. For me individually I don't see a risk. I have nothing to prove or demonstrate. I have my career, I have done what I have done, performed as I have, and I bring that to England. It's about coming and winning and making Manchester United shine again.

"Wherever you go it's the same thing. I adapted to Holland, I adapted to Italy and the Italian style. You come and you learn. I will learn more than what I have done so far. It will make me stronger."

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Working with Rooney

To succeed, Ibrahimovic must find a way to combine with Wayne Rooney, who will likely drop to a deeper No.10 role to accommodate him as a lone striker. Partnerships usually take hours of training to perfect but the Swede has seen enough in the last two weeks to suggest it could work.

"I think it will work very well," he said. "The more time we spend on the pitch together, the more we get to know each other. We will understand each other very well. We like to play football, we like to come and get the ball and build up the game. But it's not only about two players, it's a team sport."

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