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Zlatan Ibrahimovic: If this is the case, i will not stay at Milan

theworldgame: Ibrahimovic returned to Milan – where he previously won the Scudetto in 2011 – as a free agent in January after leaving MLS side LA Galaxy but there are doubts over his future beyond 2019-20.

The 38-year-old striker has scored six goals since his Milan comeback, rejuvenating the team and helping the Rossoneri – seven-time Champions League winners – move into Europa League contention.

Milan are seventh and just two points adrift of Roma and Coppa Italia champions Napoli through 31 league games after stunning leaders Juventus 4-2 on Wednesday (AEST).

Despite Milan’s resurgence, head coach Stefano Pioli is set to be replaced by German Ralf Rangnick, who has been tipped to combine the role with that of sporting director, which is currently occupied by club legend Paolo Maldini.

Amid the uncertainty and chief executive Ivan Gazidis’ reported plans to bring in Rangnick, former Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona star Ibrahimovic issued a warning.

“Ibra plays to win something or he stays at home,” Ibrahimovic told La Gazzetta dello Sport’s Sportweek magazine in an interview set to be released on Saturday.

“They told me that retiring in America was too easy, so I came back to Milan. I am here purely for passion, because I’m basically playing for free… Then this COVID situation stopped everything and I thought, maybe there’s something trying to tell me that I should retire…

“Fortunately, we got back on the pitch. My calf managed to get involved too, but after two days I was ready to come back into the team. Ibra is like that. But they told me to take it slow.”

Ibrahimovic added: “Ibra was born to play football and is still the best at playing football. We’ll see how I feel in two months. We’ll also see what’s happening with the club. If this is the situation, to be honest, it’s unlikely you’ll see me at Milan next season.

“Ibra is not a player for the Europa League and Milan are not a club who belong in the Europa League.”

Quizzed on a reported confrontation with Gazidis prior to the Coppa Italia semi-final, Ibrahimovic said: “I spoke for me and for the team. I needed to have some explanations on the future, both mine and of Milan. I said that this is not the Grande Milan I once experienced, that is true, but we must do the best we can even in this situation. All the way to the end.

“Ibra is here, Ibra takes care of it. I have to be here or you’ll lose the fans. I don’t know if there will be another club after Milan, I never like to close doors to opportunities. I will only go somewhere I have some control, not where words are worth nothing. I still have too much passion for what I do.”

Pioli only replaced Marco Giampaolo in October and while he has overseen an upturn in results, former RB Leipzig boss Rangnick has reportedly agreed to take over in 2020-21.

“Who is Rangnick? I don’t even know who he is,” Ibrahimovic added.

Source: Published by theworldgame

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Edidiong Udofa
Edidiong Udofa
1 month ago

that’s good

Babatunde Imole
Babatunde Imole
1 month ago

Just been proud of himself

Adeyemi Sunday
Adeyemi Sunday
1 month ago

ibra is phenomenal!

Lawal Oladimeji
Lawal Oladimeji
1 month ago

Nice one

Ikechukwu Emmanuel
Ikechukwu Emmanuel
1 month ago

Good one

ADEGOKE ADEKUNLE MICHAEL
ADEGOKE ADEKUNLE MICHAEL
1 month ago

Ibrahimovic is an arrogant and a proud player

Oluwatimilehin olakunle
Oluwatimilehin olakunle
1 month ago

Good one

Joshua Chidiebere Emetu
Joshua Chidiebere Emetu
1 month ago

he is good no doubt but not as before

Faith Osaghae
Faith Osaghae
1 month ago

Ibrahamovic has it

Nice eze ngozi blessings
Nice eze ngozi blessings
1 month ago

Great

Chukwuma Daniel
Chukwuma Daniel
1 month ago

Ibrahimovic is a legend

Ekerette Effiong Isonguyo
Ekerette Effiong Isonguyo
1 month ago

Good for him

Ikechimark ludger
Ikechimark ludger
1 month ago

Proud guy!

Anyaechem Benedict
Anyaechem Benedict
1 month ago

The guy is crazy, ridiculous and outspoken,

Adeyemo abraham
Adeyemo abraham
1 month ago

Ibrahimovic still have enough energy to take Milan to greater level.

Tersoo Jeremiah Iortsor
Tersoo Jeremiah Iortsor
1 month ago

Well spoken zlatan

Dimude chinonso johnbosco
Dimude chinonso johnbosco
1 month ago

Ibrahimovic is a proud player

Nnamdi Nwabueze
Nnamdi Nwabueze
1 month ago

Milan needs you bro

Edoja Jessica
Edoja Jessica
1 month ago

Nice one

Adewumi sherif akanji
Adewumi sherif akanji
1 month ago

That’s good

Adewumi sherif akanji
Adewumi sherif akanji
1 month ago

Nice one

Ayorinde Olanrewaju
Ayorinde Olanrewaju
1 month ago

YOu can do better Ibra

ossai kingsley Collins
ossai kingsley Collins
1 month ago

That is good

EZINWA Sonia JOHN
EZINWA Sonia JOHN
1 month ago

It’s okay

Ezema paul
Ezema paul
1 month ago

Okay

Ajagbe Olufemi
Ajagbe Olufemi
1 month ago

Proud and arrogant

Okafor stella
Okafor stella
1 month ago

He is trying

Kelechi Asii
Kelechi Asii
1 month ago

Good one

odudu eseoghene
odudu eseoghene
1 month ago

NICE One

Hassan faruuq opeyemi
Hassan faruuq opeyemi
1 month ago

So nice

Gabriel Eluare.
Gabriel Eluare.
1 month ago

At 38 zlatan is still a good player

Lakubbe Eli Hamma
Lakubbe Eli Hamma
1 month ago

Nice update

Stephen Anyishi Monday
Stephen Anyishi Monday
1 month ago

He should leave Milan who cares

Ndumnwere Chima
Ndumnwere Chima
1 month ago

Ibra is always right.

Balogun Toba
Balogun Toba
1 month ago

This is good

Christopher Ege
Christopher Ege
1 month ago

Ibrahimovic is a very good player

Jonah Ihotuowoicho Sunday
Jonah Ihotuowoicho Sunday
1 month ago

Hmmmmm….. Ibra Ibra

Felix Okorie
Felix Okorie
1 month ago

This is serious

Nwakasi Ikenna
Nwakasi Ikenna
1 month ago

So proud of himself

Juliet Success
Juliet Success
1 month ago

You can do better, Zlatan. Milan needs you

Mohammed Nma Madiwu
Mohammed Nma Madiwu
1 month ago

Good

reuben amicable
reuben amicable
1 month ago

It will be a big loose e for ac Milan if he leaves

Attach Oliver Ifeanyi
Attach Oliver Ifeanyi
1 month ago

He is doing great

Adubi oluwafemi samuel
Adubi oluwafemi samuel
1 month ago

Nice one

Okomor Allen
Okomor Allen
1 month ago

This unfair Ivan gazidis

Godwin osuya
Godwin osuya
1 month ago

Ibra has declared his mind

Aremoh James Oyewole
Aremoh James Oyewole
1 month ago

Very interesting

Afolabi Michael Temitope
Afolabi Michael Temitope
1 month ago

Lol. Weldone

Usaini Stephen
Usaini Stephen
1 month ago

Good

Onyeka Emmanuel Onyebuchukwu
Onyeka Emmanuel Onyebuchukwu
1 month ago

Nice one