The 35-year-old has been ruled out until 2018 with a serious knee injury picked up last week.Having undergone surgery in the US today, his career at Old Trafford now appears to be over.
Jose Mourinho remained keen to have Ibrahimovic’s contract extended with the one-year trigger in his 12-month deal.However, due to his long-term absence, Manchester United’s top scorer has rejected the gesture.
According to The Sun, Ibrahimovic does not believe it would be right to continue taking money from the club while unavailable.
The extension would have been worth £13m to the ex-Barcelona star.
But despite the kind gesture from United, with Mourinho believing his top scorer this season can recover, Ibrahimovic is simply focused on his rehabilitation.
His one-year deal penned last summer was for £250,000 a week, and if both United chiefs and Ibrahimovic agreed, there was an option for a further year.
Even with the cost, the United board were willing to stay loyal to the Swede amid his injury and still trigger the clause.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is ready to move on though and recover ahead of a potential move to the MLS, with their new season beginning in March.