If you’ve seen Zlatan Ibrahimovic recently, you’ll know that the Manchester United striker isn’t anywhere near retirement.
Ok, the Swede may turn 35 next month, but Ibrahimovic looks as though he’s in the form of his life right now, scoring three in three since his summer move to Old Trafford.
While Ibrahimovic will no doubt insist he still has plenty of years playing at the top level, he has already started planning what he will do when he does hang up his boots.
According to The Sun, the forward will start his coaching badges in the new year as he prepares to become a manager.
The thought of Zlatan in the dugout in the Premier League gets us very excited.
The report claims that the forward has already discussed his plans with United boss Jose Mourinho and hopes to have completed his badges by next summer.
A club source said: “Zlatan is already tapping into Jose Mourinho and planning for the future in the game.
“He has told the lads he does not see an end to his playing days for another two or three years.
“Jose has left his door open and Ibra likes the idea of coaching, but not necessarily a manager right away.
“He is enjoying picking up a few ideas and he fancies Italy.
“Ibra will take a badge when things settle down for him early in New Year and then progress it next summer.”
In truth, it shouldn’t come as too much surprise that Ibrahimovic wants to become a coach. That’s because it’s claimed that he has taken it upon himself to already start showing the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard his talent after training.
The Sun revealed that Zlatan stayed behind after training to coach the three players on his shooting technique, demonstrating just how keen he was to help the youngsters in the squad.
But Ibrahimovic won’t be paying the thought of becoming a manager too much attention right now. He will be hoping to continue his impressive start at Old Trafford and help them return to the summit of English football.
Will his first coaching role will be as an understudy to Mourinho at the Theatre of Dreams? The United supporters can only hope.
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