Zlatan Ibrahimovic “could stay with AC Milan next season, even if they don’t make it to the Champions League”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic could stay with AC Milan next season, even though they are unable to reach the Champions League, as director Paolo Maldini plans talks with experienced Swedish striker
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores three times since he returned to AC Milan last month
- The Swedish striker, 38, has helped Milan get closer to the top six of the Serie A
- His contract is automatically renewed if they qualify for the Champions League
- But the San Siro club remains about nine points away and reaches fourth place
- However, reports in Italy show that Ibrahimovic could stay anyway
Zlatan Ibrahimovic could stay with AC Milan even if the club does not qualify for the Champions League next season.
The Swedish striker, 38, has an automatic extension option in his six-month contract with the San Siro club in case of qualification for Europe’s elite club competition.
But Italian newspaper Tuttosport report, as passed by Soccer Italia, that Ibrahimovic is still open to stay no matter where Milan ends up in the table.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic could stay with AC Milan even if they don’t reach the Champions League
The 38-year-old Swedish striker has scored three times since returning to Milan last month
Milan currently has nine points drifting from Atalanta, who occupies the fourth Champions League position in Serie A.
But they have won six games and only lost once in Serie A and Coppa Italia since Ibrahimovic returned to his former club on December 27.
The veteran has scored three goals since returning to Milan and directors Paolo Maldini and Zvonimir Boban are planning to talk to Ibrahimovic about a stay next season.
It was indeed technical director Maldini who revealed during the weekend that Ibrahimovic has the extension clause in his contract.
He told Sky Sport Italia: “There is a six-month contract with an automatic renewal clause in case we reach the Champions League.
Milan is currently seventh in the Serie A table, about nine points lower than the top four
The technical director of Milan, Paolo Maldini, plans discussions with Ibrahimovic in the coming weeks
‘Otherwise we will sit down at the table. With Ibra there must always be an open dialogue and this exists, otherwise he would not have come first. “
Ibrahimovic scored 42 goals in 61 games for Milan between 2010 and 2012, with the club’s hierarchy redrawing him to try to reverse Milan’s shaky season.
Milan did not participate in Europe’s most prestigious club competition because they were eliminated from Atletico Madrid in 2014 in the round of 16, although Ibrahmovic helped them reach the quarter-finals in 2012 when they were eliminated by Barcelona.