Zlatan Ibrahimovic will extend his stay at San Siro by signing a new contract with the Italian champions
Nothing stops him yet! Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 40, ‘is set to sign a new contract with Serie A champions AC Milan’ despite a knee injury that rules him out until January
- AC Milan set to offer Zlatan Ibrahimovic a new contract to stay at the club
- The 40-year-old has a knee injury and is not expected to return until January
- The Swedish star scored eight goals for the Serie A champions last season
- Ibrahimovic is seen as a key figure on and off the pitch for Stefano Pioli’s side
AC Milan are reportedly set to announce a new deal for veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to stay at the club next week.
The Swedish star has been a free agent since his contract with the Serie A champions expired earlier this month.
But Milan are keen for him to stay at the club, despite Ibrahimovic having to undergo knee surgery in May.
The serious injury is expected to keep the 40-year-old sidelined until January, but according to Tuttomercatoweb Milan reports Zlatan met with club officials this week and the deal announcement is expected shortly.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to sign a new contract to keep him at AC Milan this week
AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli sees Ibrahimovic as a key figure in his Serie A champions
Ibrahimovic played a key role in Milan’s first victory in 11 years last season, scoring eight goals and providing three assists in his 23 games for the Rossoneri.
Even though the widely traveled striker is in the final stages of his career, Milan boss Stefano Pioli sees Ibrahimovic as a key figure in the dressing room and a point of reference for the rest of his team.
Since joining Milan in 2019, Ibrahimovic has scored thirty-six goals in seventy-four appearances for the Italian giants. This is his second stint at the club, having helped the club win the Serie A title in their previous stint from 2010 to 2012.
Zlatan played a vital role in helping Milan win their first Serie A title in 11 years last season
Milan have already bolstered their striking options ahead of the new campaign by securing the services of Belgian frontman Divock Origi after his contract with Liverpool expired.
Along with Origi and Ibrahimovic’s extended stay, the defending champions can also bring in Olivier Giroud and Ante Rebic as attacking options.
This summer, the club have also signed Brazilian midfielder Junior Messias from Crotone and Roma defender Alessandro Florenzi. However, their team was weakened by the departure of Franck Kessie, who joined Barcelona.
Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku will face off again in the Milan derby
Ibrahimovic’s stay at San Siro could also reignite his rivalry with Romelu Lukaku, after the Belgian star returned to Inter earlier this month on a season-long loan from Chelsea.
The pair faced off in a 2021 Coppa Italia Milan derby, where the Swede taunted Lukaku over his mother’s ‘voodoo rituals’ and was sent off during the heated affair.
However, any encounter with Inter will have to wait for Ibrahimovic as he recovers from knee surgery, having played the second half of last season through the pain barrier without an ACL in his left knee.
Ibrahimovic shared a clip showing a needle being injected into the side of his left knee and slowly withdrawing the fluid followed by a shot of two full syringes
Last month, the former Manchester United striker shared graphic images of his knee drained of synovial fluid on his social media accounts.
Ibrahimovic said he had “never been in so much pain” and was counting on painkillers and injections in the final six months of the season to help him win the Milan title.