“It is a great honor to play 100 games for Milan … I hope to play many more”: Zlatan Ibrahimovic drops hint that he could stay with AC Milan after a century of Serie A matches- side of it
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic made a century of games for AC Milan in their last performance
- The attacker who signed in January has not yet signed a contract extension
- Zlatan has hinted that he could stay with the club after marking his 100th performance
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hinted that he could extend his stay with AC Milan after saying he ‘hopes to play a lot more’ after his 100th appearance for the club.
The striker returned to San Siro as a free agent in January after leaving LA Galaxy, but he has had arguments with CEO Ivan Gazidis over the direction of the Serie A side.
The 38-year-old has helped shape AC Milan since football resumed and a century of matches were celebrated during the club’s 3-1 win over Parma on Wednesday.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic made his 100th appearance for AC Milan in a 3-1 win over Parma
The future of the Swedish striker at the club is currently unclear after signing just a short-term deal
The striker was given a jersey on the club’s training field to mark the milestone and Football Italia have reported making some very revealing comments about his future.
He said: “It is a great honor to play 100 games for Milan. I hope to play much more. ‘
He also joked with his teammates, “Thanks guys. It’s all thanks to you that I have no competition or I wouldn’t play. ‘
The future of the Swedish striker at the club seemed to be in the air after an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, saying he is unlikely to stay with AC Milan next season unless there are significant changes at the club.
He told the Italian newspaper: “Ibra was born to play soccer and is still the best at playing soccer. We’ll see how I feel in two months. We will also see what happens to the club. If this is the case, it is frankly unlikely that you will see me in Milan next season.
“Ibra is not a Europa League player and Milan is not a Europa League club.”
Ibrahimovic has reportedly clashed with AC Milan director Ivan Gazidis
Paolo Maldini, whose own future is on the air as a technical director, was full of praise when he presented a commemorative medal.
“You played for several teams. However, I noticed that you had played more than 100 games for only three of them – Ajax, Inter and PSG.
“That’s why this is a great and important milestone you’ve reached. Bravo, Zlatan. ‘
Since returning to Milan, the 38-year-old has scored six goals in 15 appearances.
Zlatan previously played with the club from 2010 to 2012, scoring 56 goals in 85 appearances, leading the club to their last league title in the 2010-11 season.