Zlatan Ibrahimovic has dispelled rumours that he could possibly be set to retire from skilled football in typical fashion by insisting that he has his sights firmly set on a return to the first-team picture at AC Milan. The veteran Swede has been out of motion since undergoing surgery to correct a knee injury over the summer and is barely contracted to Milan until the tip of the present campaign.
Ibrahimovic played a key role in helping the Rossoneri to win last season’s Serie A title by chipping in with eight league goals and is desirous to return to the pitch as quickly as possible as he continues to work towards achieving full fitness. The 40-year-old was recently urged to hold up his boots by former Milan midfielder Zvonimir Boban, who now serves as UEFA’s chief of football, but has since insisted in trademark style that he just isn’t planning to call time on his profession regardless of his age and up to date injury problems.
“I’m boastful, zero fear,”,” Ibrahimovic told Gazzetta Dello Sport, as reported by Football Italia. “I’m well, I’m working daily to come back back. Once I come back, I’ll make myself heard, you’ll be able to count on that.
“I’ll do it violently. Patience is required, that’s the important thing now. Boban said it will be higher for me to quit? If I see a stronger player than me I’ll retire, but I haven’t seen that yet.”
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Ibrahimovic went on so as to add that he was left impressed with the way in which Milan strengthened their ranks in the summertime transfer window and that he’s blissful with how things are shaping up for the campaign ahead. The previous Manchester United striker also reserved special praise for highly-rated playmaker Charles De Ketelaere, who joined Milan from Club Brugge over the summer for a fee of around £29million and has made an enormous impression in his first few months on the club.
“We’re even stronger than last 12 months as a squad,” explained Ibrahimovic. “Overall, we’re a greater team, the market in the summertime after winning the Scudetto strengthened us and now we now have more alternatives on the bench. If I didn’t like things, I wouldn’t be here.
“De Ketelaere is a top player, I’ll say that. You only have to offer him a while to grow.”
Ibrahimovic is currently expected to stay sidelined until the beginning of next 12 months on the earliest, with the Malmo native having played through a serious knee injury throughout the second half of last season before undergoing surgery over the summer. It stays to be seen how he’ll fare when he eventually returns to motion at Milan, where Rafael Leao has firmly established himself because the starting centre-forward in Ibrahimovic’s absence this season.
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