Zlatan Ibrahimovic took questions from journalists on his adrenalin pumping performance so far at Manchester United
Is your fitness a natural fitness?
Ibrahimovic: “I feel fresh. I feel good. I’m an animal. I feel like a lion.”
Why are you like a lion?
“I am a lion. I don’t want to be a lion.”
Do you mean you have the hunger of a lion?
“The lion is born a lion.”
What does that mean?
“It means I’m a lion! I never talk so much with journalists. I never stopped so long even for the French people.”
You say you’ve got 32 medals what do you do with them?
“It is in the museum. I have a house only for the medals.”
He said he will “see what happens” about extending his stay at Manchester United – but did reveal his children pleaded with him to join the Old Trafford club last year.
Ibrahimovic, 35, left Paris Saint-Germain in July, signing a one-season deal with an option for a second year.
United boss Jose Mourinho believes the Swede will stay – but added: “I never beg for a player to sign a contract.”
“We have another two months of the season to go,” Ibrahimovic said.
“Let’s see how I feel, the situation. Somebody made up a story that if we don’t qualify for the Champions League I will not extend. It has nothing to do with that.”
After Ibrahimovic scored the winner in Sunday’s 3-2 EFL Cup final victory over Southampton, Mourinho said “the fans can go to the door of his house and stay there all night” to convince the striker to stay.
Ibrahimovic said his “special relationship” with the Portuguese, who also managed him at Inter Milan, was key to his decision to join United – but was not the only factor.
“My mind was not here, then my kids started to bump my head – even they wanted to see me play at United,” he said of the months leading up to his departure from French champions PSG.
“Then Jose called. When he called, it was basically: ‘Tell me what number I should wear.’ My kids are satisfied with what I am doing, but this time I am the boss, not them.”